What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a restoration that completely covers the visible portion of a tooth. It restores the tooth to its natural shape, size and function. Its purpose is to strengthen or improve the appearance of the tooth. You can think of a dental crown as the top of your tooth.
When Is a Dental Crown Recommended?
- To replace a failing large silver or composite restoration (filling)
- To restore fractured or cracked teeth
- To protect teeth weakened by extensive restorations (fillings)
- To fortify teeth treated with a root canal therapy
- To improve discolored teeth
- To cover misshapen teeth
- To anchor a dental bridge
- To replace a failing dental crown
- To restore a dental implant
What Is the Process Involved With Getting a Dental Crown?
When a dental crown is recommended, the tooth is prepared by removing the outer layer of enamel as well as any old filling material or decay that may be present. An impression is made of the prepared tooth and sent to the laboratory for fabrication. A temporary dental crown is made and placed to protect the preparation while the laboratory dental crown is being fabricated. When the lab returns the dental crown, it is fitted and cemented in place by our dentist.
Why Does Advanced Oral Dynamics Use an Outside Laboratory vs. Using a Machine (“CEREC” or Other) for Crowns “in a Day”?
Dr. Tejas Patel and our team believe first and foremost in esthetics. All our dental crowns (with few exceptions), are completely fabricated of ceramic and porcelain by dental laboratories that are well known for their artistic renderings. The ceramists at these laboratories are artists, just as our doctors are, and esthetics and artistry are our main concerns. These all-ceramic crowns are functional and highly esthetic. They contain NO metal core, so they are able to transmit light through them, similar to how natural teeth react to light. They have no ugly dark metal bands at the margins either. The results we get with these is a beautiful, natural looking smile, as they are virtually indistinguishable from your own natural teeth. Call 610-435-5707 today to schedule a visit for dental crowns in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Our Offering of Dental Crowns Includes:
- Empress or E-Max for Maximum Esthetics
- Zirconia and Porcelain for Esthetics and Strength
- Full Zirconia for Maximum Strength