Dental Crowns

Have you ever wondered, “What exactly is a crown?”. Crowns, or caps, provide a means of restoring badly broken down teeth. They can also be used to correct a wide range of cosmetic problems including severe stains, gaps between teeth, and crooked teeth. A dental crown is a custom cast metal framework with dental porcelain fused over the metal and then permanently cemented to place over the damaged tooth to create a natural looking tooth. Watch the video and you’ll see what we mean. The crown encases what used to be a broken down tooth and structually holds it together so that it feels comfortable and looks natural.

In some cases, Dr. Moussalli uses metal-free crowns of all ceramic material for especially demanding cosmetic needs. All ceramic materials are slightly translucent like natural teeth, and so provide a superior cosmetic result for teeth that show when you smile. Porcelain fused to metal crowns are stronger and so are a better option for molars.

Crown placement is one of dentistry’s most reliable techniques for repairing even the most severe of dental problems including permanently replacing missing teeth to offer a complete smile and a functional bite. These treatments are used for a long-lasting correction of major dental problems. It is common for these treatments to last for 20 to 30 years, which is as close to permanent as dental treatment can get.

Key Benefits of Dental Crowns

  • Replaces missing teeth
  • Offers support to crooked teeth or badly broken teeth
  • Looks completely natural
  • Fixes cosmetic and functional dental problems

What other problems can be treated with dental crowns?

Where accidental damage has occurred, resulting in lost teeth, or where teeth have broken away through excessive wear, or as the result of old fillings breaking, crowns and/or bridges can be used as a long-term solution. Many people have unexplained pain from back teeth with fillings, which is usually due to hairline cracks in the chewing part of the tooth. Placing crowns on these teeth relieves the pain and allows a return of full dental function for these teeth, as well as often preventing the need for root canal treatment. In front teeth, older fillings can both weaken the teeth and cause “appearance” problems due to staining or chipping. Porcelain crowns and bridges are suitable for these types of cases, where porcelain veneers are not. Crowns are also indicated in teeth with root canal treatment to prevent breakage.