Cosmetic Crowns

Don’t let a damaged tooth prevent you from a healthy smile. Cosmetic Crowns can restore teeth to a natural, beautiful look.

A Cosmetic Crown is a “cap” that covers a damaged tooth. The crown is shaped to fit the tooth recreating the size and shape of the original natural tooth. Since the Cosmetic Crown is custom made, the color can be matched to your natural teeth.

Uses

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.

Construction

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 from metals, including gold. Combination crowns may have a metal component underneath a layer of porcelain or ceramic.

At The Dental Lodge, we have the latest crown technology in our Cerec 3d camera. The Cerec allows us to make gorgeous, natural looking crowns in less time, with a near perfect fit.

Forming

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.

If a Cerec crown is to be used, crowns can often be fitted the same day!