Crowns cover or "cap" a tooth to restore the normal function and appearance of the
tooth. Crowns may be made as all metal, porcelain fused to metal or all-ceramic
(porcelain). Crowns are indicated for teeth with very large fillings, teeth that have had a
root canal, fractured teeth, worn teeth and misshapen and/or discolored teeth.
As stated above there are many different materials available to restore a tooth with
a crown. Each material possesses inherent limitations and specific requirements that
must be understood in order to maximize its long term success. This is one of the areas
of specialty training a prosthodontist receives while in their training program.
The basic process includes preparing a tooth to receive a crown. This often
requires building up the remaining tooth structure prior to tooth preparation.
This helps ensure proper resistance to crown removal is present prior to crown
insertion and delivery.
Once the tooth is prepared a temporary crown is fabricated. Impressions are
made of the prepared tooth and sent to the dental lab technician for the crown
fabrication. The provisional crown is temporarily cemented in place.
When the crown is complete you will come back in and the provisional crown
will be removed and the new final crown will be tried in. Minor adjustments
are usually needed. Once the adjustments are made and you approve the
appearance the crown will then be cemented permanently to your tooth.
- Fixed Partial Dentures ("Bridges")
- Complete Dentures
- Partial Dentures
- Full Mouth Rehabilitation
- Ectodermal Dyslpasia/Congenital Defects