A dental crown is a dental restoration that replaces a tooth structure that is missing. It could be due to decay or a large filling, or because you’ve had a root canal and need to increase the strength stability of the tooth.
If Dr. Nathanson determines that a crown is the best way to preserve the health and function of your tooth, a member of our team will take a preliminary impression to fabricate a temporary crown. After removing any decay or broken tooth structure, we build up a solid foundation of the tooth so it will hold a crown. We take another impression on which your permanent crown is designed, and place a temporary crown to allow you to function normally for the next two weeks. After that time, you’ll return to our office, where Dr. Nathanson will cement your new, permanent crown.
Types of Crowns in Hunt Valley, MD
Many doctors use various crown materials, including stainless steel, gold, and PFM (porcelain fused to metal). However, Dr. Nathanson only uses full zirconia, which is a synthetic substitute for diamonds (i.e. cubic zirconia). While there are various structures that can be used, we only use full zirconia because of the solid structure’s unsurpassed strength, stability, and longevity.