Crowns are used to help strengthen the teeth.  Fillings add no strength to the teeth, but crowns fit over the teeth to give them added strength and support.  When fillings become large, the teeth begin to weaken and the filling and/or tooth can begin to break apart.  By having a crown done, this breakage of the tooth can be avoided.  Crowns are necessary for teeth that have had a root canal.  After root canal therapy, the tooth becomes more brittle and is much more likely to break.  When a tooth has been lost, a bridge can be placed to fill in the space of the missing tooth, or teeth.  A bridge is a false tooth, or teeth that are made out of the same material as crowns that are held in place by crowns on the adjacent teeth.  A bridge is one solid unit and is cemented onto the teeth like a crown.  Crowns can come off when eating sticky foods, or overtime, but if there is no new decay, they can usually be recemented back in place.  There are many different crowns.  Listed below are some of the ones we do in our office.  If you are looking for a particular type of crown, please let us know.  Most crowns are constructed outside the dental office in a commercial dental lab.

  • All Porcelain crown usually require more reduction of tooth structure.
  • Porcelain fuse to metal crowns require less reduction of tooth structure.
  • Porcelain jackets are use mainly for very small anterior teeth with spaces between them and little tooth reduction.
  • Bridges
  • Maryland bridges are especially useful with missing lateral incisors and require minimal tooth reduction.
  • Crowns on implants.
  • Full Gold Crowns
  • Temporary Crowns can be made if there is a need to wait to do a permanent crown.
  • Stainless Steel Crowns can be done. but are not as strong as the other crowns listed above.
  • Acrylic crowns can be done for anterior teeth.