Restoring Beauty and Strength to Teeth
A dental crown is sometimes called a cap because it covers or ‘caps’ the entire tooth, so none of your original tooth is visible. We fabricate our dental crowns from a range of durable materials, including gold, porcelain fused to metal, porcelain only, and zirconia. Once we fit a dental crown, it provides excellent protection for the tooth underneath. A well-crafted, custom crown can improve the appearance of your smile.
Porcelain dental crowns are often the most effective way to preserve as much of the structural integrity of a damaged tooth as possible while restoring its health, shape, and overall appearance. Custom-crafted to cover the entire surface area of the tooth, dental crowns are an excellent treatment for teeth that are cracked, broken, or structurally weak. By restoring strength to these weaker teeth, our dentists can significantly reduce and often eliminate tooth pain or sensitivity. In the process, porcelain crowns also conceal flaws in the appearance of the teeth, resulting in a more radiant, balanced, and aesthetically pleasing smile.
Preserve the structural integrity of a damaged tooth while restoring its health, shape, and appearance.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Although there are a variety of options for replacing missing teeth or teeth too damaged to salvage, it is always best to save some of the natural tooth, if at all possible. Aside from the removal of decay or other areas of damage, dental crowns require further reshaping of the natural tooth to accommodate their size. They also protect the basic foundation of the natural tooth, which eventually can be lost if left untreated. As a result, dental crowns help patients avoid more serious future dental problems associated with missing teeth, such as the degradation of the jawbone and other oral tissues, and the shifting of surrounding teeth from their optimal positions.
At Gentle Dental, we use finely crafted porcelain dental crowns in a number of treatments. Sometimes we use them to secure larger fillings in teeth that are fragile or otherwise structurally compromised. They are also used to support the replacement teeth in dental bridges, as well as to replace missing individual teeth when attached to dental implant posts. Dr. Knop, Dr. Ilyabayev and Dr. Gelfand rely on their years of dental expertise to create dental crowns that blend beautifully with surrounding natural teeth, ensuring results that are as cosmetically impressive as they are strong and functional.
Why Would I Need a Dental Crown?
What are the Advantages of Dental Crowns?
How to Choose the Right Type of Dental Crown?
Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns
Another problem is a black line around the margin that can appear after a few years and is due to gum recession. As the gums recede, it exposes the metal edge of the crown. Sometimes a general dentist will overcome this problem by making the crown with a porcelain margin or edge.
Ceramic or All-Porcelain Crowns?
What’s the Procedure for a Dental Crown
Initially, we numb the tooth before preparing it. During preparation, our dentist carefully removes any signs of decay or infection and shapes the tooth, so it is ready for the dental crown. They must remove enough tooth structure to ensure the crown is thick enough for good strength, durability, and appearance without looking too bulky or unnatural.
After we have prepared the tooth, we take a detailed dental impression and choose the correct shade of porcelain for your new tooth. The information is sent to our dental lab so they can custom-make your crown. We fit a temporary crown over your prepared tooth, which protects it and restores your smile while we make your new crown.
You probably won’t need dental anesthetic during your second visit. We gently remove the temporary crown and fit your new crown in place. Our cosmetic dentist checks its fit and your bite, making any necessary adjustments. You will approve the appearance of the crown before we permanently bond it in place.
How Long Do Porcelain Crowns Last?
How Much Does a Porcelain Crown Cost??
Our cosmetic dentist here at Gentle Dental can discuss all options suitable for your situation and will explain the possible pros and cons of each choice and the difference in costs. As with any treatment we provide, we make sure you have all the information necessary for an informed treatment choice. Whichever option you choose, you are assured of receiving a dental crown that is beautiful, yet fully functional and durable.