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.
A crowns is "cemented" onto an existing tooth - or implant - and fully covers the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect it becomes your tooth's new outer surface. Many dentists use crowns made of metal and/or porcelain, but we now use crowns made of superior materials – like zirconium - that are more natural-looking, many times stronger, and last much longer.
This new generation of crowns are potentially indistinguishable from your natural teeth, but results vary widely depending upon the capabilities of the dental team. This is another area that distinguishes Monokian Dentistry from other practices; we are particularly skilled and meticulous about coloring and shaping your crown to closely match your surrounding teeth.
Crowns or onlays (partial 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. Your crown is created in our partner lab from your unique tooth impression which allows the lab’s technician 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.