Dental Crowns

Using the latest technology available, we are able to make crowns that look and feel like your natural teeth! We use only the best dental laboratories to ensure that the crowns fit well and are fabricated quickly. Crowns are recommended for teeth that have large decay, cracks, or fillings. Essentially a crown is recommended on any tooth that lacks the appropriate amount of remaining tooth structure to support the health of the tooth long term. We also recommend crowns for any posterior tooth that has had a root canal completed as the process of doing a root canal can weaken the tooth and make it more at risk to fracture in the future.

In our office we employ digital scanning to ensure that the accuracy and fit of your crown is as high as possible. We also employ digital photography to ensure that the lab can match the shade and characterizations of your existing surrounding teeth. We believe that great communication with the dental lab will result in high quality work that you will be proud to show off! At your crown visit, we will scan your upper and lower teeth and send the files straight to the lab. This avoids costly delays and errors that can sometimes result in extra visits to obtain more records for the lab. In addition, you no longer have to suffer through the messy process of taking a traditional goopy impression!

Treatment Timeline

Fabricating a custom crown for your tooth usually takes two visits. At the first visit, Dr. Spillers will remove any decay on the tooth and shape the tooth for the crown. The assistants will then scan your teeth and you will leave the office with a custom, natural looking temporary crown that will protect the tooth until the final crown can be seated. The dental laboratory then fabricates the crown, which usually takes about one week. The second visit is short and we simply remove the temporary, make any final adjustments if needed, and deliver the new custom crown. We will of course always show you the final crown prior to cementing it. This is so you can approve the cosmetics of the crown and give us the final approval that you are happy with how it looks and feels!

Benefits of a Crown

  • Offers support to misshapen or badly broken down teeth
  • Looks and feels natural
  • Protects posterior teeth that have root canals
  • Can fix your smile or correct chewing problems
  • More stable long term than a large filling

Crown Materials

There have been many wonderful advances in dental technology in the last 10 years and you can trust that Dr. Spillers and his team are current with the latest crown materials and cements. In almost all cases we recommend ceramic crowns that are metal free. These crowns are made of only one solid material, unlike crowns in the past where porcelain was layered on top of a metal coping. These old crowns did not appear as lifelike as the new ceramic materials and they were prone to chips and fractures. Over time, these crowns also created additional wear on the healthy teeth opposing them. With our knowledge of the newest ceramics you can be sure we will deliver custom natural looking crowns that take advantage of all the advances science can offer. We will also seek out new technology and make sure our patients are receiving the best researched and longest lasting crown materials.

Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Do you experience pain on a tooth when you are chewing? If so the tooth may have cracks in it that are weakening the tooth and causing pain. When there are large fillings on a tooth, in particular large silver fillings, they can weaken the surrounding healthy tooth structure. Over time as you chew, clench, or grind on that tooth it can develop hairline cracks that are undetectable to the naked eye. If you don’t seek out a dentist this can lead to cracked tooth syndrome. If the cracks are neglected long enough the tooth could fracture and have to be extracted. If you have a tooth that is painful when you chew, call our office for a consultation. The solution for a cracked tooth is to place a crown on the tooth so it is supported and won’t fracture in the future.