Dental Crowns

Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta expertly crafts dental crowns with skill and technology insuring that your crown will be both functional and aesthetically beautiful.  Dental crowns are used to cover decayed, cracked or damaged teeth. When a dentist diagnosis that you need a crown, it may be to strengthen a weak tooth or to enhance a tooth’s appearance by covering the damaged tooth. A dental crown functions like a “cap,” that sits over an existing tooth covering the entire structure of the tooth.  Crowns seal the damaged area and restores normal function to the tooth, enabling you to smile confidently and chew without pain.

Dental Crown Procedure
A dental crown can be completed in two office visits.  During the first visit, an impression is taken of the tooth to be covered and a temporary crown is placed in the mouth. The permanent crown is carefully designed in a qualified laboratory exclusively devoted to crafting natural looking tooth replacements.  During the procedure, all the damaged tooth material is removed.   At your returning visit, the permanent dental crown is fitted comfortably and then cemented into place for a permanent restoration.

Preserve the Functionality of Teeth

A dental crown may be used to protect a cracked tooth, restore functionality of a tooth with excessive decay or replace a pre-existing crown. The purpose of a dental crown is to encase a needy tooth with a custom-designed material.

Types of Dental Crowns

  • All Ceramic Tooth Colored

    The predominant material choice for all-ceramic crowns today is either zirconia, or aluminous materials. They provide a metal-free esthetic option with a number of benefits. By eliminating the need for the supportive metal core, an esthetic all-ceramic crown can be created with a reduced thickness of material. This makes them a more favorable treatment choice in areas with limited space. Additionally, the elimination of the metal core allows for light transmission through the porcelain for better optical, life-like properties and a higher level of esthetics. All-ceramic materials continue to evolve in strength and durability, but caution should still be exercised for areas of the mouth requiring heavy function. Continuing research is exploring the significant vulnerabilities of the porcelain systems in such areas.
  • Porcelain Fused to Metal

    Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns provide for a strong, durable and esthetic treatment option. One of the key factors for the esthetic and functional success of this type of crown is ensuring the preparation of the underlying tooth structure provides adequate space for the appropriate thickness of the material selected. Additionally, the artistic skill of the laboratory technologist creating the crown will determine its esthetic appeal. One consideration in the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown is that these crowns may tend to show the underlying metal or gold margin at the gum line as gums recede over time. Some patients opt for this type of crown, but replace the crown at a later date in order to maintain a higher esthetic benefit. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns with an all porcelain collar can eliminate this vulnerability.
  • Gold Crowns

    Although not as popular a treatment choice for esthetic reasons, gold crowns are still indicated in some instances. For example, patients with strong bites and those with parafunctional habits (such as grinding or clenching) might be better served with a gold crown. The traditional restorative material can provide stronger support to the remaining healthy tooth structure. Gold crowns offer a level of durability that is appropriate for teeth located in the back of the mouth (such as the molars), where they will not be highly visible. Gold crowns tend to offer greater longevity and require less preparation than porcelain and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. When chewing, gold tends to be less abrasive to the opposing tooth than porcelain. This helps to prevent wearing of the teeth.