You may be a candidate for a dental crown restoration if any of the following conditions exist:
A tooth is in a weakened state and needs to be protected
A tooth that is worn or permanently stained (so that teeth whitening does not help)
A tooth lacks its original structure due to a large dental filling
A tooth is broken or cracked
A tooth is in need of a root canal
Dr. Santilli works with two types of crowns: porcelain crowns and full-gold dental crowns. New breakthroughs in adhesives and stronger ceramics now allow dentists to use a ceramic core instead of metal. This eliminates the dark line often seen along the gum line of porcelain fused to metal crowns on teeth. Porcelain crowns look and feel just like one of your natural teeth because each crown is custom-made at a top-of-the-line dental laboratory to completely match with your existing teeth.
Some people still prefer to use a gold crown. Gold crowns are the most durable of the dental crowns and don’t usually have problems with chipping or cracking. They can take a lot of wear from pressure and are consequently perfect for molars. Their one drawback is their appearance. Because they are so polished they will stand out when you smile.
A crown is considered a permanent solution and should last for many years. However, taking proper care of all your teeth and attending regular dental appointments will help to keep your dental health in the best shape possible, as well as help prevent periodontal disease.