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Crowns

Porcelain crowns are custom-made, a tooth-colored cap covering, that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size, strength, and appearance.

Crowns will fully encase the visible portion of a tooth that is at and above the gum line. Crowns can protect and strengthen a tooth that is weak, restore a broken tooth, cover and support a tooth with a large filling, hold a dental bridge in place, cover a dental implant, or make a cosmetic modification. Crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes or to cover a dental implant.

Types of Crowns

There are different materials that can be used for permanent crowns. Most common are stainless steel, all-metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all resin, or all ceramic.

Metal Crowns

Metals dental crowns include alloys that have a high content of gold or platinum or base metal alloys. Metal crowns rarely chip or break and last the longest in comparison to other dental crown materials. The high price of gold makes metal crowns a more costly option, which is the main drawback.

Stainless steel crowns are typically used as a temporary measure. This type of crown will temporarily protect the tooth while a permanent crown is being made from another material. Also, stainless steel crowns are commonly used for children to fit over their non-permanent tooth. When the tooth eventually falls out, the crown will fall out with it. Because having a stainless crown put in place requires only a single visit, it is more cost-effective and efficient for a child receiving treatment.

Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain dental crowns can add extra strength to bridges and work well for front and back teeth. This type of crown will remain strong, but the porcelain can wear down over time, exposing the metal parts of the crown.

All resin dental crowns are less expensive but wear down over time and can develop fractures more often than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.

All ceramic crowns provide a better color match than any other crown type. 

Decay and gum disease can still occur under your crown. Be sure to care for your crowns by treating them as you would your other teeth: brush at least twice a day, floss daily, and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash. 

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Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain crowns are custom-made, a tooth-colored cap covering, that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size, strength, and appearance.

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Frequently Asked Questions

During a regular checkup, one of our experienced dental hygienists will remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth and work with you to find the best way to keep your teeth clean and healthy on a daily basis. Then, one of our dentists will check your teeth for signs of cavities and other oral diseases, such as cancer.

By following our recommended teeth care routine, making smart choices about your food, and keeping up with regular visits to the dentist, you can lower your risk for tooth decay and promote overall health!

We recommend you come in twice a year to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. If you have any questions while you are here, our knowledgeable team is always happy to answer any questions about your smile. If you are due for a cleaning or are experiencing any oral pain, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment.

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