FAQs & Information

Dental Crowns

Crowns are a restorative procedure for teeth that are considerably broken down from either old failing restorations, decay, or broken off tooth structures. They cover the remaining tooth and restore the shape and function.

All gold crowns (crowns made of gold alloy) are the most durable and longest lasting. They resist the chewing forces very well, rarely break, and they cause no wear to other teeth. The gold’s metallic color is the only disadvantage to this type of crown and this factor reduces its popularity.
However, gold is the preferred choice for a molar that does not appear when a person smiles.
Porcelain fused to metal or gold crowns are a more aesthetic option than crowns made of gold alloy.

Porcelain makes a crown look almost indistinguishable from a natural tooth. The gold part, which is located below the porcelain, helps give strength to the tooth. Porcelain itself is very strong, but not as strong as gold and can fracture. This type of crown is fabricated in a laboratory following an impression of the tooth, and a temporary crown is needed during the fabrication period.

All ceramic crowns are considered by many the most aesthetic crowns because they are wholly made of porcelain. They are best suited for teeth in the aesthetic zones of a person’s mouth and are often recommended for front teeth to favor beauty and to improve the patient’s smile.

They can also be used in higher stress areas like back teeth (molars). They are not as strong as porcelain fused to gold or all gold crowns.

When restoring your tooth with a crown, the existing tooth is cleaned and reshaped. An impression is then taken followed by a temporary crown. The temporary crown will work and look reasonably well while the real crown is made in the dental laboratory. At your next appointment the real crown will be cemented onto your existing tooth.