Dental crowns or "dental caps" are used to restore teeth which have suffered extensive damage due to decay, fracture or extensive wear. They cover and seal over the entire outside of the tooth, leaving the inside intact and therefore preserving the natural tooth and its root. A crown gives a tooth new strength.
Uses of Crowns
Crowns are used in situations where damage is too extensive for fillings
, but where the natural tooth can still be saved. Examples are:
- Large areas of decay
- Failed fillings
- Brittle or fractured teeth
- Severe tooth erosion
- Weak teeth
A crown is an alternative to dental implants
for anchoring a bridge
. In that situation, the crowns are placed over healthy teeth. Crowns, depending on the circumstances, can be placed over implants or over remaining teeth.
Beautiful, Healthy and Long-Lasting Crowns
Crowns can be made of dental porcelain or a metal alloy, or a combination of both. Aesthetic and durability demands as well as chewing and eating habits are considered when choosing which type of crown you want. Dr. Buzz Raymond will help you make an excellent and appropriate choice that is right for you.
Whenever possible, Dr. Raymond will use porcelain which reacts to light in a similar way to tooth enamel. Enamel and porcelain both absorb and reflect light in unique ways, which creates a pearly sheen that is indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Dr. Raymond's health-centered approach to cosmetic dentistry
means that he may suggest a crown where other dentists offer dental veneers or an inlay or onlay. While these less invasive restorations may provide an attractive-looking solution, it may turn out to be temporary if your tooth is too weak or damaged and really should have had a crown to preserve it.
A crown will restore the health and function of your tooth and is a less drastic solution than removing the tooth entirely. However, if it is appropriate for you, Dr. Buzz Raymond can replace a missing tooth with an artificial tooth anchored by a dental implant.
To learn more about crowns read our Questions about Dental Crowns
and view our Smile Gallery
. Dr. Raymond has over 30 years experience helping patients achieve both aesthetic and functional results through collaborative dentistry. Please call or email us
today to schedule you no-fee initial consultation
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