Crowns

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When a tooth is cracked, decayed, or damaged, a dental A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance.   Crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.

A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:

  • To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  • To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
  • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there is not enough tooth structure
  • To hold a bridge in place
  • To cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth
  • To cover a dental implant

Permanent crowns can be made from gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or all ceramic materials (porcelain).

  • Gold crowns compared with other crown types, require less tooth structure to be removed and tooth wear on opposing teeth is kept to a minimum. Metal crowns withstand biting and chewing forces well and probably last the longest in terms of wear down. Also, they rarely chip or break. The metallic color is the main drawback. Metal crowns are a good choice for out-of-sight molars.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns, unlike the metallic crowns, can be color matched to your adjacent teeth. Next to all-ceramic crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns look most like natural teeth.  There metal core gives these crowns the strength to be place anywhere in the mouth.
  • Ceramic (porcelain) are very popular because of their excellent esthetics and ability to create a more beautiful and natural smile. Our Doctors utilize primarily three types of porcelain crowns:  Select, Procera, and Empress. These all-ceramic crowns provide the optimum in all-ceramic materials, combined with exceptional natural-looking esthetics, and state-of-the-art CAD/CAM design technology.

Drs. Limbaugh and Stephenson are dentists providing dental procedures such as cleanings, fillings, crowns, teeth whitening, dental implants, and porcelain veneers in Huntsville.
Dr. Limbaugh and Dr. Stephenson are licensed as general dentists in the State of Alabama.