What are crowns, and why are they used?
A crown is a restoration that covers or caps a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size. Its purpose is to strengthen or improve the appearance of a tooth. Crowns are placed for a variety of reasons. Crowns can:
*restore teeth when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to provide support for large fillings.
*protect weak teeth from fracturing
*cover badly shaped or discolored teeth
*cover dental implants
Which material is best?
Both the “look” and function of a crown are considered when choosing the materials most suitable for you. Dr. Connell and Dr. Lewis will consider the tooth location, the position of the gum tissue, the amount of tooth that shows when you smile, the color or shade of the tooth, and the function of the tooth.
Crowns are made from a number of materials. Gold alloys or non-precious alloys, porcelain or ceramic, composite resin, or combinations of these materials may be used. It is important to consult with the dentist as to which crown materials are best for your specific situation.