As we get a little older, our teeth begin to change and are prone to decay.
There are many possible reasons for this change in your smile. These reasons can include bruxism (teeth grinding), general decay, cracked fillings, root canals, and many others. If your tooth is beyond repair with a filling material, we may recommend that the best viable option to save the tooth is a full crown. The reasons for this type of restoration in a badly damaged tooth are durability, cosmetic appearance, and overall support of the chewing function.

Types of Crowns

If we decide that you are in need of a full crown, there are a few different options for the restoring your  tooth. These options include a full porcelain crown, a porcelain fused to gold crown, or a full gold crown. We will make the determination as to which of these options is the most appropriate for your situation.

Crown Lengthening

When decay progresses below the gum line and gets too close to the bone, a crown may not be possible without performing a minor procedure to remove a small amount of bone in order to not cause future irritation to your gum tissue.

When needed this procedure is recommended we sometimes will need to delay the fabrication of the crown until the tissues are at the proper level to proceed.

Crown Lengthening procedures are also done to improve the esthetics of your gum line on the upper front teeth to correct uneven gum tissue levels. Sometimes the teeth are too short or worn or you appear to have a “gummy smile” because the gums come down too far.

Other times the teeth and gums appear to be uneven and may require some straightening prior to crowns. This is a very complex area in dentistry and our practice has excelled in providing solutions to unaesthetic gums and teeth.