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. Zirconia crowns are most often preferred because they closely mimic natural teeth and are very strong. Zirconia crowns also eliminate dark lines at the gumline that are typically seen with older crowns.
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. To assure our patients receive the highest quality crowns, we use one of the few Certified Dental Labs in the state of Alabama. Your crown is created from your unique tooth impression which allows a dental laboratory to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then sculpted just for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.