A dental crown or “cap” covers the entire tooth from the gum line to the top of the tooth. Crowns can be used for cosmetic purposes (to cover stained or out-of-shape teeth, or cover implants) or be placed on weak and cracked teeth to prevent the tooth from breaking. Another reason a crown may be used to hold up teeth with large fillings or restore a root canal treated tooth.
Crowns are made from different materials to meet your preferences. Crown materials range from mixed metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), Zirconia and all-ceramic.
At Alternative Dental, we give our patients crowns made out of Zirconia. Digitally designed, Zirconia crowns are built to last. They camouflage among teeth, are more durable than traditional crowns, and are shatterproof.
Normally, a dental crown takes two appointments. During the first appointment, your doctor will prepare the tooth, make a temporary crown that closely matches to the shade, and send the impression of the tooth to the laboratory to make a custom crown. At the next appointment your crown will be fitted and cemented.