A crown is a restorative procedure offered at our Bellingham, WA dental office that is completed on a tooth for many reasons. If a tooth has insufficient tooth structure to support a direct restoration (a filling), a crown is an option. Other common reasons for a crown is if there is a crack in the tooth or if root canal therapy has been performed. The benefit of a well-fitting crown is a balanced occlusion (bite) that functions as close to your original tooth as close as humanly possible.
A crown is a “cap” cemented onto an existing tooth that usually covers the portion of your tooth above the gum line. There is an ever evolving material lists for crowns. Gold is the “gold standard” for a reason, but not always appropriate. Zirconia Lithium Disilicate and Zirconia/resin combo are tooth-colored options, both of which are very strong and highly aesthetic, usually commonly grouped together and called Porcelain. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth.