Crowns provide an efficient and predictable restorative result for failing teeth, giving them back their original shape and color and extending the life of the effected tooth.
Dental crowns correct a wide range of dental problems:
There are three primary types of dental crowns – which is the best for you is dependent on your individual case.
Porcelain Crowns are made of pure porcelain or a composite material. These crowns have the translucency and feel of a natural tooth. While the most aesthetically pleasing, porcelain crowns are not recommended for placement on the rear teeth as the risk of fracture is increased.
Metal Crowns tend to require less tooth removal for the crown base, and are the strongest option. This is the best option for molars and posterior teeth as metal crowns can withstand the pressures of chewing.
Porcelain-Metal Based Crowns capitalize on the assets of both materials. The metal provides a strong base and the tooth-colored porcelain offers a more pleasing aesthetic. This option requires removal of more of the natural tooth for a proper fit. It looks fairly natural if the edge of the crown sits below the gum line; however, the metal base is sometimes exposed, which some consider unsightly.
Crowns are placed in a two-appointment process. During your first visit, Dr. Navid reduces 1-2mm of the tooth to make room for the crown and remove decay. She then takes an impression of the tooth, which she sends to the lab where the crown will be fabricated.
During this time, the doctor will affix a temporary plastic crown. Once your crown has arrived at the office, Dr. Navid will ensure that the crown fits – polishing or glazing it as necessary. Once the crown is ready, it is affixed to your tooth.