A crown is an artificial restoration of a tooth-shaped dental “cap that fits over a damaged tooth or to cover an implant. It is cemented into place to cover the tooth and it fully encases the visible portion that lies above the gum line. This makes it strong and gives it the shape of a natural permanent tooth.

porcelain crowns

Dental crowns are recommended for: Replacing a tooth that is fractured or otherwise damaged, bridge attachments, to cover a large filling when there is no tooth remaining or to cover a dental implant. They also are used to recover a poorly shaped tooth or a discolored tooth and to cover teeth that have had a root canal treatment.


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Types of dental crown:

  • Porcelain (all-ceramic): These dental crowns are made with porcelain or dental ceramic. These materials are known for their appearances, beauty and structure.
  • ll-metal (gold): The dental metal crowns are made using gold or “white” (silver-colored) dental alloy. This metal is best known for their strength and excellent durability.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM): A hybrid dental crown can be referred as full-cast crowns that have porcelain fused onto metal alloy.

Dr. Alter uses these steps for making a crown:

  • Proper tooth preparation
  • Taking the dental impression
  • Placing a temporary dental crown
  • Cementing the permanent crown

With proper oral health dental crowns and can last for a life time. Brushing and flossing twice a day is the best method of keeping your teeth healthy and shiny. Regular checkups with Alter Smiles is another key to maintaining good oral hygiene for your dental crown to last as long as possible.