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A Crown - sometimes called a "cap" - is a tooth-like covering placed over a carefully prepared existing tooth. Used to strengthen, restore or improve the appearance of your natural tooth, a crown is placed on an individual tooth much like a thimble over your finger.

In addition to being used to strengthen a tooth to accommodate the attachment of a fixed bridge, crowns serve may functions. One of the most common is to support the tooth when there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left to place a filling. Crowns may also be used to protect the structure of a tooth that is fractured, cracked or has had root canal treatment.

Crown Types

Our Crowns are made from only superior materials. Both appearance and function are considered when selecting the material most suitable for you:

1. Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM) - Made from a precious metal substructure with a porcelain covering. This type of crown not only has strength, but is also esthetically pleasing. We make our PFMs with a porcelain margin so you never see the "gray gum line" in your smile.

2. Porcelain Jacket Crown (PJC) - Made completely out of porcelain. PJCs have sufficient strength for back teeth in only certain situations, but can provide an esthetically superior result for most all front teeth.

3. Full Gold Crown (FGC) - Made only from precious metal, FGCs are still the "gold standard" in strength and durability.

How is Treatment Performed?

Once we determine that crown treatment is indicated, two appointments will be scheduled for you. It is important for you to keep all of these appointments to prevent any delays in treatment. We first anesthetize the area to be treated. We then carefully shape and contour the teeth to be crowned to allow the crowns sufficient space for proper fit and appearance. Next, we make an impression of the area to make an exact replica. The laboratory uses this replica to custom-fabricate your crowns. Finally, we fit your teeth with custom temporary crowns to protect them until your next appointment.

At the following appointment, we evaluated the final crowns for proper fit before placing it permanently, making final adjustments if necessary. Other factors we carefully consider at this time include:

Aesthetics - color match and appearance

Function - chewing and biting accuracy

Tissue Compatibility - the contour of the crown must conform to the surrounding tissue in a natural, healthy position.

What is the Best Way to Care for a Crown?

Care for it as you would any of your other teeth you wish to preserve! Proper oral hygiene, including flossing at least once a day and brushing twice daily, is just as important as ever to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy, along with regular dental hygiene appointments.

To make the most of your investment, it's important that you follow our recommendations - including making adjustments to your diet. We recommend avoiding stick foods like caramels, gum and taffy, and crunchy foods like hard candy. And please, don't chew ice cubes!

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