One damaged tooth in an otherwise healthy smile can be distressing. This is especially true if the damage is severe enough that a traditional filling is not enough to cover it. When this occurs a “cap”, or cosmetic crown can be made to restore the appearance of the tooth.
Think of it as a veneer that covers your entire tooth. The crown is shaped to fit the damaged tooth and recreate the size and shape of what it looked like originally. Since the cosmetic crown is custom made, the color can also be matched to your natural teeth.
Cosmetic Crowns are used in a wide variety of situations. If the tooth itself does not have enough dentin left to hold the repair filling, a crown over the top can hold this in place and restore the tooth. Cosmetic Crowns can also be used to anchor bridges and other dental appliances. Occasionally they are made to be removed along with the bridge.
In cases where the entire tooth is removed and a dental implant is installed, a Cosmetic Crown is formed to replace the missing tooth. This type of crown fits over the anchor of the implant. Permanent crowns are very strong and can restore a patient’s ability to bite and chew normally.
Cosmetic crowns are made from a variety of materials. Most patients prefer crowns that blend with natural teeth. In these cases, porcelain, ceramic or resin composites are used to create a tooth that is nearly undetectable. Other crowns are made of metals, including gold. Combination crowns may have a metal component underneath a layer of porcelain or ceramic.
Forming the Crown
Crowns are formed in a two part procedure. First, we clean and make needed repairs to the tooth. A mold is then taken of the tooth and sent to a dental lab to have the crown created. A temporary crown may be created to cover the work and allow a more natural appearance.
On your second visit, we will first etch the surface of the tooth below to accept the new crown. The crown is then test fitted and any adjustments needed are made. The cosmetic crown is then permanently installed using a dental bonding adhesive.
Our patients love our CEREC crowns for their life-like beauty. Crowns can usually be finished the same day!