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Dental Crowns

Bethel Dental CrownsA dental crown does exactly what its name suggests; it forms a “cap” or crown over the original tooth.

This cap emulates the real tooth in every way, from its natural-looking appearance to its long-lasting strength.

When is a Crown Needed?

A few of the circumstances that would call for a crown placement would include:

  • To cover the damage left behind from extensive decay
  • Protecting a cracked or broken tooth from further injury
  • After a restorative or surgical procedure such as a root canal
  • To provide support for a bridge attachment
  • To cover dental implants
  • As a cosmetic procedure to cover a misshapen or discolored tooth

How it Works

In order to build a crown that matches your smile, we will take an impression of your teeth. This will provide the mold that our dental lab will use to fabricate a custom ceramic crown to blend in aesthetically with its neighbors. The color and fit will also be customized so that the finished result will be almost indistinguishable from a natural tooth.

The impaired tooth is prepared and reduced to the correct size and then used as an anchor for the finished crown.

We do not fabricate restorations here in the office, because we find these types to be inferior to properly made lab restorations. One reason is that none of the following special procedures can be accomplished with an in-office machine:

  • Customizing the color at the gingival
  • Special placement of porcelain to create translucency
  • Adding detailed customized anatomy
  • Staining

Crown Materials

At our dental office, we use these materials for crowns:

  • Empress Porcelain
  • E-max
  • 3M Lava- Porcelain fused to customized color zirconia
  • Porcelain fused to high noble metal(83% gold)

No crowns are made with all-metal or porcelain-fused-to-low-noble or non-precious metal, since the failure rate is high, and we guarantee our crowns for life!

Caring for your Crown

A dental crown behaves just like one of your original teeth and so should be treated with the same care. Brushing and flossing regularly will prevent plaque from building up at the base of the crown. It is also recommended that you avoid chewing on hard substances such as ice and avoid clenching or grinding. These activities can shorten the lifespan of any tooth. (If you grind your teeth while sleeping, a night guard may be advisable.)

Dr. Van Strait of Bethel Dental Associates is your CT provider for quality dental care. Call 203-730-9011 to find out more.