A dental crown is a time-tested dental restoration meant to cover a damaged tooth to protect it. Dentists in the past used tooth crowns made from metal, especially gold, which was very durable but lacked many other qualities. More recently, dental crowns are typically made from ceramic porcelain and sometimes zirconia, sacrificing a small amount of strength for a much more natural appearance.
So because a crown completely caps a tooth, it may be the last opportunity for us to save your natural tooth. Here are some of the most common uses for a dental crown:
- The tooth has too many large fillings to remain intact
- Finishes a tooth treated with root canal therapy
- Support for a tooth that attaches to a dental bridge
- Conceals a chipped, cracked, or discolored tooth
- Completes a dental implant
Dr. Rivera will examine your teeth thoroughly, using digital x-rays and other imagery to determine your need for a dental crown. Then, he will take an impression so that your new crown matches the tooth it restores precisely. This information is sent to an outside dental lab specializing in creating high-quality tooth replacement options for each patient.
When your tooth crown is ready, we will prepare your existing tooth as a foundation, and then we cement the dental crown, ensuring that it fits seamlessly.