Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns Can Save a Damaged Tooth or Fix Its Appearance

A dental crown is a small cap that is placed over a tooth and completely covers its visible surface. The crown, which can be porcelain, ceramic, gold or other metal or alloys, can be set by a cosmetic dentist to either repair or save a damaged tooth or fix its size, shape, or appearance.Through either use or nature, a tooth may be the wrong shape or size to let you share your smile freely or work as well as it should. The tooth may be too weak to function as well as it should, or its surface may have developed cracks, fractures, chips, or other signs of wear, but a dental crown put in place by a dentist at Carson Dental Care can quickly put things right.

The Dental Crown Procedure

Heavily Restored Tooth
Step 1
A heavily restored tooth with lots of fillings is very weak and may become unsightly.
Tooth is Prepared
Step 2
The tooth is prepared with a drill and the surface layer (approximately 1 to 2 millimeters) is removed all around the tooth.
Weak Areas Removed
Step 3
This creates a solid core that has all the weak areas removed.
Porcelain Crown
Step 4
A full porcelain crown that looks just like a natural tooth can then be placed on top of this prepared core. It replaces the removed structure, and since it is one solid piece cemented to the tooth, it greatly strengthens the tooth, as well as making it look much better.
Indistinguishable from Natural Teeth
Step 5
The porcelain crown can be indistinguishable from the natural teeth.

Unlike a dental veneer, which only covers the front of the tooth, a tooth crown covers the entire surface of the tooth, front and back. After it’s fitted and placed over the tooth, the crown is cemented into place, permanently affixing it to the tooth.

A dental crown is often used to protect a tooth that has grown weak from decay or damage or to restore a broken tooth or one that has been worn down. Quite often, crowns are used to provide added support for a dental bridge, as part of a dental implant, or simply to cover and conceal teeth that are severely discolored or misshapen. No matter the reason, our dentists are very familiar with crafting and placing crowns, and our experience with them means quicker visits and immediate gratification.

After contacting our friendly and knowledgeable staff, who can arrange an appointment or answer your questions, you’ll find the only thing better than our high quality care is our exceptional service. We indulge every customer, treating them with the concern and attention they deserve, and any anxiety you may have about visiting a dentist evaporates once you place yourself in our care. For more information on teeth whitening, please visit WebMD.com.