Crowns can be used to repair a wide range of decayed, damaged or cracked teeth. They improve appearance, strengthen the tooth and protect it against further damage. Crowns also are used as part of other dental restoration work, like bridges, dentures and root canals. With good care, crowns can last a patient for many years in a way that looks & feels natural.
Dental crowns are used to restore a tooth to its original size, shape and function after damage or decay, preventing further damage or shifting.
Our office uses the best technology and dental labs to ensure your crown is a perfect fit that functions and feels great with the rest of your teeth.
With proper care like regular dental appointments, brushing and flossing, crowns are extremely durable and long-lasting.
Dental crowns are a useful restorative dentistry tool to protect a weak tooth, repair a broken tooth, cracked tooth or damaged tooth by decay or injury. They’re also sometimes called a dental cap, because they wrap around the top of a tooth, making it stronger and securing it from further damage.
Patients might need a dental crown for a variety of reasons, including:
Crowns are one solution to these problems, but not the only one. Dr. McCormick will consult with you about your individual situation and help you decide on the best solution for your dental needs.
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, like metal alloys, zirconia, porcelain fused to metal (pfm crown), porcelain fused to zirconia, and all-ceramic crown. Each offers different strengths. For instance, all-metal or porcelain and a metal crown are stronger, and are better for back teeth which often use the most force when biting and chewing. An all-ceramic crown or a porcelain crown are good choices for front teeth, because they can be customized to the exact same color as your natural teeth and blend in unnoticeably.
For any type of crown, we begin by taking a careful mold of the tooth in need of the crown, called an impression. We then send the mold to an excellent area dental lab we have been partnering with for many years. During this time, we will place a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth. Shortly after, the permanent crown will arrive at our office and we can place it on the affected tooth.
The procedure of getting a crown is straightforward. After the damaged tooth has