Dental crowns are likely the second most common restorative treatments after fillings. These restorations allow our team to not only restore the form and function of teeth, but also fortify damaged smiles, preventing further damage and decay. We use crowns, a restoration that completely surrounds a tooth, in order to repair a number of oral health issues including:
Decay or trauma – When damage has effected too much of the tooth for our team to adequately repair it with more conservative options like fillings, we typically need to place a crown.
Cosmetic enhancement – In some cosmetic cases, we recommend placing one or more dental crowns to conceal damaged, misshapen, or flawed teeth.
Root canal therapy – Following a root canal, we may recommend placing a dental crown to protect the treated tooth and restore some of its natural strength.
Fixed bridges – Dental crowns can also be attached to surrounding healthy teeth to support tooth replacement bridges for those patients who have lost one or more consecutive teeth.
Dental implant tooth replacement – Dental implants can support a single crown to replace an individual tooth or up to four connected crowns to form an implant-retained fixed bridge.
In most cases, the dental crown or fixed bridge restoration process is completed over two appointments. During the first visit, we prepare teeth, capture impressions, and place a temporary restoration. Once we receive the custom crown or bridge, patients return to our office to exchange their temporary for the high quality custom dental restoration.