What are Crowns?

A dental crown is a dental cap for the tooth. It is used to cover the tooth to improve its shape, size, strength, or to improve its appearance.  Sometimes an otherwise healthy tooth needs to be crowned in order to adapt a dental appliance to it for stability. This is the case with partial dentures and to replace missing single teeth by attaching a replacement tooth to the adjoining teeth. Crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies above the gum line.

At Parkview, we only use the best crowns to give you the best results.

What are the different kinds of dental crowns?

For your front teeth, we use IPS e.max® crowns.  These crowns contain no metal but rather are made out of a high-tech ceramic. E.max® crowns demonstrate exceptional life-like esthetics along with fracture resilient toughness.  There is no metal alloy base with this crown which means no unsightly looking grey line around the gum line.  With a fracture rate of 0.4%, IPS e.max demonstrates a clear clinical performance which has made it the gold standard in restorative materials. You get a ceramic crown which is tough and enduring but delicate in appearance.They are strong, long lasting and unlikely to crack or fracture as compared to many other types of crowns.

E.max crowns can be used in stand alone crowns, veneers, a bridge or implants.  Learn more from the manufacturer here.

For your posterior (back) teeth, there are different concerns.  Your back teeth are under incredible pressure, especially if you grind your teeth.  On the other hand, because they are back teeth, there is a little more flexibility because they are less visible.  Accordingly, I use BruxZir® crowns for these teeth.

BruxZir crowns are the #1 prescribed brand of full-contour zirconia in North America. These crowns are milled out of one solid piece of zirconia. Zirconia is a white solid used as a synthetic substitute for diamonds in jewelry, so its very resilient. These crowns were originally designed for those who suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), so, they provide a stronger and more durable crown. BruxZir crowns are an esthetic alternative to cast gold and metal crowns.

Learn more from the manufacturer here.

What is a bridge?

Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap — these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth — and a false tooth/teeth in between. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.

Contact us today for a free consultation to determine if crowns or bridges can help you.

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