Video: Full Coverage RestorationsDental crowns are used to treat cracked or badly damaged teeth. At Exton Dental, you can get several different types of crown to best fix the problem you may have. Enlarge Video View All Videos
Dental crowns have been a cornerstone of restorative dentistry for decades. If you have undergone root canal therapy or fractured a tooth, your dentist may recommend that you receive a dental crown.
At Exton Dental Health Group, we offer dental crowns of the most surpassing standard to our patients in Exton, West Chester, the Main Line, Philadelphia, and surrounding communities. We use only the highest-quality materials to craft our restorations, ensuring that your crown will not only feel natural and function perfectly, but also be virtually indistinguishable from your surrounding teeth. Contact our practice today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jonathan Scharf or Dr. David J. Kopecki to learn more.
Dental Crowns: A Closer Look
Dental crowns, referred to popularly as "caps," are generally used to restore strength and structural integrity to weakened or damaged teeth. Once in place, they fully encapsulate teeth down to the gum line, protecting them from further harm and allowing for the preservation of as much natural tooth matter as possible. Salvaging the natural teeth, when possible, is always preferable to extraction.
For patients who are missing one or more of their natural teeth, dental crowns can also be attached to dental implants. Implant-supported restorations represent the most natural, stable, and durable method of replacing missing teeth available.
Crowns can be crafted from metal or porcelain fused with metal, or they can be made entirely of porcelain. Each material offers distinct advantages, but many of our patients prefer all-porcelain crowns for their aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Crowns are extremely versatile, and serve both restorative and cosmetic purposes. Our doctors may recommend a crown to:
- Replace a missing tooth as part of a dental implant
- Anchor a dental bridge to fill a gap left by a missing tooth
- Protect a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy
- Strengthen a tooth that has sustained a fracture
- Reconstruct a tooth that has had a large portion removed due to decay
- Conceal small, misshapen, or badly discolored teeth
Regardless of your unique condition, our doctors will explain all of the treatment options available to you and work closely with you to determine the most effective course of action possible.
The Procedure: What to Expect
When a crown is being placed on an existing tooth, that tooth will first have to be prepared to accommodate the width of the crown and ensure that it sits flush with adjacent teeth. Once your tooth has been prepped, impressions will be taken to guide the creation of your unique restoration. A temporary restoration will most likely be placed at this time. After we have received your permanent crown, you will return to our office and it will be bonded in place. Crowns are immediately functional and can be flossed and brushed just like a natural tooth.
Combining Aesthetics with Function
High-quality porcelain is highly durable and extremely natural looking. It can be altered to match nearly any tooth color, and has the same light-reflecting properties as tooth enamel. Each crown is customized to fit naturally and comfortably within your bite, and will perfectly complement the hue, shape, and size of your surrounding teeth to create a flawless smile.
Schedule an Appointment
In addition to dental crowns, our practice offers a full range of restorative dentistry options to help you maintain and enhance your oral health. Learn more about your treatment options by scheduling a consultation at our practice today.