A tooth crown fits over a person’s natural tooth in order to restore the appearance, strength, shape or size of the tooth. Once it has been bonded into place, the crown completely “caps,” or covers the visible part of the natural tooth.
All-Ceramic (Porcelain) Crowns
At Nelson Dental Exceptional Dentistry, we only offer the highest quality, aesthetically-pleasing dental restorative options, and are proud to be a “metal free” practice.
All-ceramic or porcelain crowns offer you the most natural-looking appearance. The porcelain material is translucent (much like the enamel of your natural teeth), and the size, shape and shade can be perfectly matched to your other teeth to complete your perfect smile.
The Dental Crowns Procedure
Two visits are required to place a tooth crown. The first visit involves an examination and the preparation of your tooth. A few x-rays may be taken to determine any decay or damage to the roots. The tooth is then prepared for the crown. Next, a digital iTero impression will be made of the tooth and the surrounding teeth and sent to our dental lab, where our master ceramist will create your crown based on the dimensions of the impression. The color will be designed to match your natural tooth color. A temporary crown is placed over your tooth to protect it until your custom crown is ready.
During your second visit, the custom crown will be tested and proper fit. Also, we closely examine it to ensure it doesn’t interfere with your bite and functions effectively. Provided everything is correct, the new custom crown is bonding into place.
Reasons for Placing a Dental Crown
The following are some of the reasons a teeth crown may be the right solution for you:
- To prevent a weakened tooth from further damage or breaking
- To hold a cracked tooth together
- To cover and support a significantly decayed tooth or one that is mostly filling
- To cover a dental implant
- To cover a severely discolored tooth
- To cover a misshapen tooth
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To restore a broken or worn tooth