Sometimes referred to as “dental caps” Dr. Derek Clease uses crowns to improve the appearance, strength and health of your teeth. A crown, or cap, is a tooth-like covering placed over a carefully prepared pre-existing tooth or implant. A crown can support the tooth when there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left to place a filling. Crowns may also be used to protect the structure of a tooth that is fractured or broken, and can be attached to bridges or implant. A tooth that has had a root canal (endodontic treatment) will be brittle and crowns are often recommended to protect endodontically treated teeth. Crowns serve to strengthen and restore the tooth as well as to improve the appearance of the tooth in terms of both color and shape.
There are many different types of crowns including those where the outer porcelain layer is fused to a metal sub-frame (Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns or “PFM’s”) and those where there is no metal whatsoever (All Porcelain Crowns or Porcelain Jacket Crowns). Crowns can also be made using various gold alloys, which are very durable although sometimes less esthetic. The choice of material depends on where the tooth is, how much force/pressure it is exposed to, and how the tooth has been prepared by the dentist.
Prior to preparing your tooth for a crown, Dr. Clease will discuss the various options and recommend what he feels would be most appropriate in your particular situation. If you have any concerns regarding the recommendation or costs, we want to ensure you receive all the answers you need before we proceed. Communication is key to successful treatment.