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Tooth Crowns

Crowns are often recommended in cases where large cavities have compromised a tooth, old dental fillings have become severely worn, or dental implants are necessary.

IPS e.max Durable Dental Crowns

Dr. Erickson uses IPS e.max crowns for most of the situations that require crowns. IPS e.max crowns are made of high-quality porcelain. They are completely constructed from porcelain, not the porcelain-fused-to-metal combination that is chosen by many cosmetic dentists.

The e.max crown offers you several benefits over other crown types. This restoration is milled from a single block of porcelain which provides stunning aesthetic results that are highly durable and resistant to breakage.

The Making of a Dental Crown

First, Dr. Erickson will prepare your tooth to make room for the new protective casing. An impression of the remaining tooth structure is taken and you are fitted with a temporary crown.

The impression and crown design specifications are sent to our lab for the creation of your new e.max crown. We use three labs – Aurum, Williams, and Heritage – with all of our tooth crown procedures. We have chosen to work with these labs because they consistently deliver exceptional restorations. Once your tooth crown is shipped to our office, you return for the final fitting and placement.

Tooth Crown Results

Dr. Erickson is loyal to the e.max crown because the end result closely resembles a real tooth, not a dental restoration. Your new crown is affixed to your tooth with a tough adhesive material so you can eat and chew normally. Remember that your tooth crown requires brushing and flossing in order to ensure your results last a long time.

FAQ


The fees for your dental crown will depend on the location of the tooth, the amount of preparation needed, and the intricacy of the final design. During your first cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Erickson, we can provide you with a rough cost estimate to be revised upon completion of a full oral examination.
If a dental crown is used to restore a tooth that is damaged from heavy decay, St. Joseph cosmetic dentist Dr. Sven Erickson will use special instruments to remove all of the bacteria and damaged portions of the tooth. Once the dental crown is permanently bonded, the underlying tooth structure is more sheltered from bacteria. However, damaging bacteria can still work their way into the tiny crevasses of the tooth, causing harm. You should always make sure to brush and floss your crowned teeth to reduce the chance of future cavities underneath.
During your first dental crown appointment, Dr. Erickson will remove some tooth structure in order to make room for the new crown. In many cases, this removal of tooth structure might interfere with eating or stand out when you smile. A temporary crown is placed so you can have a normal smile appearance and use your tooth to chew properly until the permanent crown is back from our lab. Dr. Erickson will make sure the temporary crown is shaped to fit your bite so that it feels comfortable and natural.
  • Protect a weak tooth from breakage
  • Restore a broken or severely worn tooth
  • Cover a tooth with a large filling, particularly when there is very little natural tooth structure remaining
  • Cover misshapen teeth
  • Provide a prosthetic tooth for a dental implant
  • Provide anchors for a dental bridge

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