Where damage to a patient’s teeth is more substantial or a fractured cusp of a tooth is present, we can use crowns (caps) to make the smile appear “as new”. Crowns effectively provide strength to teeth whose strength has been compromised beyond the capacity of a more conservative filling. Whether a single tooth cusp is cracked or a number of teeth have been severely over filled or worn due to clenching or grinding, crowns are an extremely reliable technique for restoring these most serious dental problems.
- Replace fractured or cracked teeth
- Provide support to badly broken teeth or those with large unsightly fillings
- Immediate reconfiguration of moderately misaligned or misshapen teeth
- Reestablish harmonious bite for teeth with functional chewing problems.
- Dramatic aesthetic improvements to stained, discolored, or chipped teeth
- Support to teeth that have undergone root canal therapy preventing breakage of these weakened teeth
- Dissipation of pain caused by microscopic fractures (hairline cracks) of teeth with large fillings
The fabrication of a single crown requires at least two visits to our office.
Your First Appointment:
- Care is taken to fully anesthetize (numb) the area being treated
- The old filling or previous crown is removed along with any additional decay.
- The tooth is shaped to allow proper fabrication of the finished crown
- An impression is taken of your prepared tooth and then a stone model of your teeth is created in our on site laboratory
- The custom color shade of your future restoration is selected and temporary acrylic crown is placed on the tooth and cemented for easy removal at your next visit.
At the Lab:
Careful consideration is taken by your doctor at our on site lab to prepare the models to allow for precise replication, individualized custom size and characteristic shape of each individual crown. This step (often overlooked in standard dental practice) is a standard of excellence that is routine at Dental Health Concepts. The fabrication of the gold substructure and visible porcelain is completed by a Certified Dental Technician. We utilize many of the finest dental laboratories for this technique, each of whose expertise complements your crowns unique requirements. These labs, in turn, use only the highest grade materials available.
Your Second Appointment:
- The temporary crown is removed following anesthesia.
- The crown is “fine tuned” to assure that ideal fit, contour, and color have been expertly replicated.
- A conditioning gel may be placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new crown.
- Bonding cement is placed on the crown and the crown is placed on the tooth and excess cement is removed or polished from the surface.
In past generations, most dentistry and dental restorations look like dentistry. Our goal is to provide dentistry that is lifelike, highly aesthetic and long lasting. We endeavor to replace existing crowns and fillings with restorations that look and feel like your natural teeth!
All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss is not inevitable with age, but if you do lose teeth, they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth including speech, appearance and eating. Fortunately, there are options for replacing teeth lost to disease or trauma.