Crowns

Indications for a Crown:

 

If you have a fractured tooth, old broken down fillings, a root canal treated tooth, or a severely decayed tooth, a crown is recommended.  Crowns protect and  strengthen fragile teeth by covering them, enabling forces to get evenly distributed. In addition to their functional benefits, they are also used to improve smile esthetics.

Three Different Types of Crowns:

 

1.        All-Ceramic/porcelain crowns

2.        Porcelain fused to high noble metal

3.        All metal crown

Crown Procedure:

1.After getting the tooth numb, it is prepared for the crown.  Impressions of the tooth are taken.  The patient leaves the office with a temporary crown.

2.The impression is sent to the lab, where the crown is fabricated.

3.The final crown is fitted, adjusted, and cemented into place.

Dr. Levine selects the crown material based on the location of the tooth within the mouth, the strength of the patient’s bite, and the color of the underlying tooth structure.

All-porcelain crowns provide the best natural color match to teeth, but they require more tooth reduction and less strength than other materials  As a result, these crowns are primarily used on front teeth.  Alternatively, all metal crowns are the least esthetic, but have a lot of strength and require minimal tooth reduction.  Crowns have an average life expectancy of 10-15 years.