A crown is a dental restoration that covers a tooth to restore it to its normal shape, size and function. Its purpose is to strengthen or improve the appearance of a tooth. A crown can:
Restore a tooth when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to provide support for a large filling
Attach a bridge to replace the missing teeth
Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
Restore a fractured tooth
Cover a badly shaped or discolored tooth
Cover a dental implant
Crowns are made from several types of materials. Metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, composite resin, or combinations of these materials may be used. To create a crown that looks and feels natural, several factors are considered including the color, occlusion or “bite”, the shape and length of your natural teeth and your crown.
Several steps are involved and two dental appointments are needed to complete the treatment. The dentist first prepares the tooth by removing its outer portion to accommodate the thickness of the crown. An impression is made to provide an exact model of the prepared tooth. The model is then used to help develop the shape and size of the crown. A temporary crown is placed while the final crown is made. Then the crown is ready, the dentist puts it in place and makes the necessary adjustments. When you and your dentist are satisfied with how it looks and feels, the crown is cemented in place.
There are two different types of veneers:
Direct veneers are usually placed in a single visit. They are made of composite resin material that is sculpted by Dr. Smith to give you a beautiful smile.
Indirect veneers involve two visits. They are usually made of porcelain that is constructed by a professional lab technician at a local dental lab. They are made from models that Dr. Smith makes of your teeth
Tooth Colored Fillings/Composite
White fillings, also called composite fillings, are made from tooth-colored materials that restore the natural appearance of a decayed or previously filled tooth.
An advantage of composite fillings, as compared with other dental restorations, is that they require less of the healthy part of a tooth to be removed to hold the filling in place. This is due to composite materials’ ability to bond to teeth adhesively.