What is a dental Crown?

Crowns are a cosmetic restoration used to strengthen a tooth or improve its shape. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or partially destroyed by tooth decay.

Crowns are "cemented" onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth's new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.

Crowns or onlays (partial crowns) are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling. Unlike fillings which apply the restorative material directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated away from your mouth usually chairside using our E4D technology. Your crown is created in our office from your unique tooth impression which allows Dr. Peterson to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then created just for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.

Ask about our E4D same-day dentistry and see if you might be a candidate for same day crown placements. Below is an example of a full mouth restoration done in-house with E4D technology.