What are Dental Crowns?

Dental CrownDental crowns, also called “dental caps,” serve a similar purpose as veneers. Both can fix cracked and crooked teeth, as well as other flaws.

Keep in mind that the difference is that porcelain veneers conceal only the FRONT of the teeth. Dental crowns cover the ENTIRE tooth. This enables crowns to improve both the appearance and strength of your teeth.

Following a comprehensive examination your dentist may suggest an all porcelain, Zirconia, or porcelain-fused-to-metal crown to restore your smile, enhance your appearance, and/or correct your bite. A Dawson trained dentist pays attention to tooth location and stressors to determine which material to use.

Do I need a Crown?

Crowns are ideal to…

  • anchor bridgework to replace missing teeth and restore smiles.
  • restore support to damaged or worn teeth.
  • correct chewing problems.
  • relieve pain from compromised teeth and return dental function.
  • prevent breakage in teeth that have undergone root canals.
  • beautify smiles.

The Crown Process

Expect two office visits to design and place a crown.

Design and creation: The dentist will prepare your tooth, take a dental impression, and fit you with a temporary. A skilled ceramist at a trusted lab will handcraft your restoration to exacting standards.

Placement: At your second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary, apply your crown, then adjust the fit and bond it in place to renew your smile.


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