Gentle Family Dentistry & Dental Implants

Dental Crowns

aka. Dental Cap

A dental crown is the top of the tooth. Artificial dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are permanently cemented over the top of a prepared tooth in order to restore the tooth to normal function and appearance. A dental crown covers the visible tooth from its gum line to the top of the tooth. A crown can be cemented onto the tooth root or a dental implant abutment.

Types of Dental Crowns

There are generally three types of crowns:

Types of Dental Crown Restorations

Dental Crown Placement Procedure Time Frame

Life-expectancy of dental restorations

The lifespan of a restoration depends on a number of factors such as the location of the tooth and how hard the patient is on the restoration.

Pediatric Crowns

Baby teeth hold the space and help guide the permanent teeth into position. Baby teeth are needed for a child's normal development of the jawbone and supporting muscles. If baby teeth become fractured due to trauma or decay, and multiple fillings are required on the tooth, a crown many be recommended instead of the fillings. The tooth can decay again, break or wear out, and then require a second restoration. A crown is more durable than a filling. It should last until the baby tooth is replaced by the adult tooth. In many cases, a crown is less expensive and less traumatic to the child.

Stainless Steel Crowns

Dr. Clausen favors stainless steel crowns for restoring baby back teeth with extensive decay. Stainless steel crowns are the most durable and it will last until the baby tooth falls out.

NuSmile Crown:

NuSmile is a veneered stainless steel crown coated with a tooth colored front. The NuSmile is ideal for restoring front baby teeth when the cosmetic appearance is a concern. The veneered tooth colored crown can chip and hard foods should be avoided.

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