Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked, a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.

Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or gold. To maintain a natural look and feel, a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.Gold is the strongest, longest lasting crown since it can not chip or break like porcelain occasionally does. It is most commonly used on back molars where the gold color is not noticeable and the chewing forces are heaviest.

Dr. Robertson can also make porcelain crowns in one visit using the Cerec System, a CAD/CAM process (Computer Assisted Design/ Computer Assisted Manufacture.) See Cerec in the technology section of this website for more information.

The process of creating a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, an impression will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This impression will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made so that it fits in the spot created for it and looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.

The crown takes about two weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. You will sometimes have a local anesthetic to numb the area. The crown will be delivered using a dental cement to ensure that the crown stays in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.

Hi Dave, We wanted to let you know that we are both so happy to be in your care. You combine technical proficiency with the capability of an artist, and all done with a gentle touch. Thanks Again!

Malcolm Garland / Morehead City, NC

Malcolm Garland