To restore teeth with very large cavities, fractures, or loss of healthy tooth structure in the most durable way possible
Why a Crown?
- Badly decayed teeth
- Fractured or worn teeth
- Need to protect and strengthen teeth
- Need to improve esthetics
- Need to correct major bite problems
- Desire to fix crooked teeth without having braces
What is a Crown?
A crown (often called a cap) covers the tooth and restores it to an ideal shape and size. Decay is removed from the tooth and an impression is made. With his current technology, Dr. Andow can complete your crown that same day. Your crown is then bonded onto the prepared surface of the tooth.
The benefits of a Crown
Crowns are classified as all ceramic, porcelain fused to gold, or a full gold. Ceramic crowns are extremely esthetic and can dramatically improve your smile! This is especially true of "all-ceramic" crowns, which contain no metal, therefore eliminating the dark gum line of many traditional porcelain fused to gold crowns. Full gold crowns are the most durable type of crown, providing the ability to withstand the forces of clenching and grinding which could cause chipping and breaking of porcelain crowns.
Crowns are incredibly strong and functional. This protects and strengthens the remaining tooth structure. In the hands of Dr. Andow, your crown will fit perfectly onto the prepared surface of the tooth, eliminating the gap between the crown and the tooth. This helps keep decay from eventually occurring under the crown.
Crowns should be placed before the tooth is so decayed that it may fracture. This can often help prevent the expense of root canal therapy in the future. It can also prevent the possibility that a fractured tooth may need to be removed, requiring the expense of a bridge or implant to replace the missing tooth.
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Are there other treatment options?
In the event that a tooth is so decayed or fractured that it needs to be removed rather than crowned, the best treatment options would be an implant or bridge to replace the missing tooth.