Crowns

Dentistry is an art as well as a science, and crown replacements are a perfect example of this. These crowns are covers that fit over your entire natural tooth to protect and secure the remaining part of the tooth. A crown could be needed because a tooth has been significantly weakened by decay, there is more filling material than natural tooth structure leaving your tooth susceptible to fracture, or for cosmetic reasons. Crowns strengthen damaged teeth, allowing them to function normally again. Dr. Blackhurst is highly skilled in cosmetic dentistry and all the crowns done at his office are of superior quality.

How are crowns made?

Crowning your tooth will take two visits to our offices. During your first visit, Dr. Blackhurst will use a local anesthetic so that there is no pain during your procedure. Your tooth will be shaped so that it can fit securely inside of the new crown. After the tooth is prepared, impressions of your tooth are taken and sent to our laboratory. There, the impressions will be used to make models of your teeth for the creation of your crown by our highly skilled lab technicians. Before you leave the office, a temporary crown will be made to cover and protect your tooth.
After two weeks, your new crown will be back from the lab, and it is time to return to our offices. Your temporary crown will gently be removed, and your permanent crown will be cemented. With proper home care and routine check-ups with Dr. Blackhurst, your new crown can last for a long time to come.

What are crowns made of

Replacement crowns can be made from a variety of materials. At our clinic, only the best and highest quality materials are used for our crowns. For anterior crowns, incisors and canine teeth, Dr. Blackhurst uses e.max crowns. E.max is a top grade all-ceramic crown that has been harvested for its toughness, durability, and high esthetic appeal. The transparent color and lifelike shape ensure that you will have a brilliant natural esthetic smile.
In posterior crowns, premolars, and molars, Dr. Blackhurst uses zirconia crowns. A zirconia crown is known for its strength. This type of material is used in other medical applications such as artificial joints. Zirconia is compatible with your body and will not create any reactions since there is no metal in the crown. You will also never see a gray line at the top of the crown like you do with other types of crowns. Zirconia crowns are best used on posterior teeth as the pressure put on these teeth when you chew can wear down your teeth over time.

What are other reasons to restore my tooth with a crown?

Implants:
Once integrated into the bone, implanted teeth can be fitted with a number of restorations. Crowns and bridges are among the most popular ways to restore an implant. Implants can also be connected to dentures as well.
Endodontically treated teeth:
When teeth have undergone root canal therapy, they are devitalized due to the nerves and blood supply being removed. These teeth are very susceptible to fracturing and breaking. Restoring these teeth with crowns strengthen the teeth back to normal function again.
Large fillings in your tooth:
If your tooth has a large filling that is restoring ⅔ or more of your tooth, the structure of your tooth can be compromised. If you have an amalgam, silver color filling, your tooth is prone to breaking. At our clinic, we often see the cusp of a tooth broken due to a large amalgam filling. This type of problem will need a crown to be restored properly.