What is a crown?
A crown is a “cap” that is custom made to precisely fit over your tooth. There are several reasons for placing a crown on a tooth. If the tooth needs structural support, a crown can be placed to help protect it. This commonly occurs when the tooth has large fillings that over time weaken the tooth and result in fractures in the tooth. A crown can be placed over the tooth to preserve it and help hold it together. If a tooth has extensive decay that has destroyed too much tooth, a crown may also be needed. Crowns can also be placed on teeth to change their appearance and/or the occlusion(bite).
Crowns can be fabricated from various materials such as porcelain, gold , and a combination of porcelain and metal. Which material is used depends on which tooth is being treated and for what reason. All of these materials work very well if used appropriately.
The appearance of crowns vary depending on what type is being utilized. Crowns have changed significantly over recent years and it is possible to make them look so natural that they are virtually undetectable. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your crowns, ask Dr. Solar what options you have for improving your situation.
The strength of the patient’s bite