What are Crowns?

Overview

Dental crowns are custom-made caps cemented on the tooth’s outer surface. They can also be placed to restore a dental implant. Once they are cemented, only your dentist should remove it, and only if it needs to be removed. Their main purpose is to strengthen, restore the tooth’s shape, and improve the appearance of teeth that have suffered tooth decay or crooked tooth.

Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. The most often preferred are porcelain crowns because they provide a metal-free solution which is both esthetic and very strong.

Dr. Lena DeBaz and her team at Energetic Smile make this a non-invasive, pain-free procedure to makes your smile bright and radiant. With the aid of modern technology, your providers at Energetic Smile are committed to providing you the best service and latest in technology.

Why do I need a Crown?

Dental crowns are prescribed to either strengthen a compromised tooth, or to correct an improper tooth shape.

If a tooth has a cavity that is not properly restored with a filling, a crown may be recommended to avoid tooth fracture in the future. Similarly, if a tooth has had a root canal in the past, Dr. Lena DeBaz may recommend a crown to prevent fracture of the tooth.

Types of Crowns

There are several types of dental crowns.

Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain crowns are a very natural-looking and strong restoration. They are fabricated from a biocompatible porcelain. This is a good solution for when a crown is recommended in the esthetic zone, or in esthetically-minded patients. This is because other crown options involve the use of metal, which can show up dark in the mouth.

In addition to being very esthetic, porcelain crowns are also very strong. Dr. DeBaz may recommend this as a solution if she believes that you may wear through or fracture a different kind of crown.

Metal crowns

Metal crowns come in many different kinds. Gold crowns are an excellent restoration that tends to last a very long time. They also have the advantage that gold is a very biocompatible material.

Crowns made of base metals are not typically recommended as they tend to tarnish which makes the integrity of the crown break down faster than other kinds. This is a good option for baby teeth, since the crown will not be needed for a long time!

Porcelain-Metal Crowns

These crowns are a good solution, but are not as strong or as esthetic as porcelain crowns. These are made in two layers, with a metal core and porcelain on the outside.

Because it requires two layers, it is necessary to remove more layers of tooth structure to place it. This means that the chances of sensitivity or discomfort after the procedure are increased.

What can I expect?

Dr. Lena DeBaz and her team will make impressions of your mouth, and get you numb with a local anesthetic – just like having a filling done. After the tooth is prepared for a crown, they will make another impression of the tooth and of your bite.

After these steps are done, they will make you a temporary crown and instruct you on how to care for it. You will wear the temporary for about two weeks while your crown is being made.

Temporary crowns rarely come off before your next appointment, but if they do, it is important that you call us. We may have you come in to have it recemented or remade to protect the tooth until the custom crown is completed.