Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a covering placed over a damaged or weakened tooth to strengthen or improve its shape.  Crowns are both protective and cosmetic.  They’re most often used for teeth that have been broken, worn down, or partially destroyed by decay.

First, a tooth is properly prepared, then the crown is “cemented” onto the existing tooth to fully or partially cover the portion of your tooth that appears above the gum line.

Crowns can be porcelain or metal or both.  Porcelain is by far the preferred material because, while being very strong, it also closely mimics the look of natural teeth.

A partial crown, also called an onlay, is used when a full crown is not needed. Unlike a filling, which is applied directly into your mouth, a crown or a partial crown is made outside your mouth, in a lab or at the dental office.

The crown is created from a precise impression taken of the tooth.  This allows all aspects of the tooth, including its bearing on the patient’s bite and jaw movements to be taken into consideration.

Once a crown has been placed on the tooth and adjusted by your dentist, it will work just like the original tooth.

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