A crown (sometimes called a cap) is a dental restoration that covers the entire tooth in order to restore it back to its original size and shape. The crown gets cemented in place with a very strong adhesive and extends down to the gum tissue or slightly below. There a situations that present when a crown is the treatment of choice. These include a weak tooth that already has a huge filling and little solid tooth structure left, a section of the tooth fractured off or a severely worn tooth, to encase a fracture or fractured segments that have not completely broken off yet, to hold a fixed bridge in place, cover misshaped to severely discolored teeth, and to restore a dental implant. Crowns come in a variety of materials of different strengths and esthetic value.
All ceramic or all porcelain crowns - These crowns provide an exquisite color match to your own natural teeth and are usually the best choice when a high esthetic result is of paramount importance especially on the front teeth. The porcelains have evolved to be an extremely strong material today and should last a long time.
Porcelain fused to metal - When additional strength is needed or a color match is more of a challenge to block out the underlying enamel, porcelain fused onto gold is often the best selection. These are particularly good on the molar areas where the pressure when biting is significantly stronger than in the front of the mouth.
We will always discuss the different options with you and decide together which is the best approach for you. No crown will be cemented until you give me the thumbs up that you are perfectly happy with the way it looks.