Cosmetic Crowns

Crown Procedure

A crown is sometimes termed a "cap" or "jacket." A crown will restore a large filling or a cracked tooth to its original size, shape, and tooth color. One may be recommended after root canal therapy has been completed, as it can strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and improves the appearance of your teeth. With the advances in technology, we now have the ability to make ceramic crowns with no metal.

To place a crown, your dentist must reduce 1-2 mm of the tooth to make room for it. They will then use a piece of thread or cord or a laser to push the gum down around the tooth, making an impression of the tooth. While it's being made, you will have a temporary crown, which are usually made of plastic and are made the day of your visit. At a second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and test the permanent one. Sometimes crowns need additional polishing, glaze or some other adjustment before they are placed. Once the crown is ready, it's cemented to your tooth.

Crown Aesthetics

If your smile is in need of a makeover, crowns can provide predictable results. Crowns can give an unattractive tooth back its beautiful shape and color. For smaller or worn down teeth, a crown can restore the natural size of the old tooth. A crown can replace either part of or the tooth's entire structure. For procedures requiring only the areas visible from the outside, a veneer may be an alternative option.

Full Porcelain Crowns

Modern advances in dental technology have improved the durability and esthetics of dental materials. Today, most crowns made are full porcelain, they are both beautiful and durable.

At The Idaho Falls Dental Group most of our crowns are made in our own lab. This allows us to oversee the fabrication of your crown and allows quicker turnaround time. Ask your doctor if a full porcelain crown is right for you.

Types of Crowns

With today's advances in dentistry, there are several options when choosing a type of crown:

  • Porcelain outer surface with a metal base crown
  • Pure porcelain or composite crown
  • All metal crown, which is usually gold

They all differ in durability, strength, appearance and cost.

Idaho Falls Dental Group wants you to have your best smile. Our office is ready to assist you in finding a financial solution that will fit your situation. Call us with any questions or see our Financing & Insurance information.