Crowns

Crowns

A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:

To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth. To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down. To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left. To hold a dental bridge in place. To cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth. To cover a dental implant. To make a cosmetic modification. 

For young children crowns can be used on baby teeth in order to:

Save a tooth/teeth that have been severely damaged by decay that it cannot support a filling. It can also be used to protect the teeth of a child at high risk for tooth decay. Decrease the frequency of general anesthesia for children unable because of age, behavior, or medical history to fully cooperate with the requirements of proper dental care.

Porcelain Fused to Metal

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Captek

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BruxZir®

BruxZir

 

BruxZir is a full contoured zirconia crown or bridge with no porcelain overlay. It is glazed with a smooth surface but designed specifically for the posterior with more emphasis on brawn than beauty. BruxZir crowns are tougher than your average crown and BruxZir restorations are sintered for 12 hours at 1,530 degrees creating a nearly indestructible material.

Porcelain Veneered Zirconia

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Porcelain Fused to Zirconia

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Pressed Lithium Disilicate

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What are Dental Crowns?
Crowns are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.

How do Crowns Work?
A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive.

Your dentist may recommend a crown to:

  • Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment