Dental Crowns

Minor decay and damage in teeth can usually be repaired with fillings or onlays.  When damage to a person’s teeth is more extreme, the best option for long-term success may be a dental crown.  Dental crowns are a strong outer shell that completely cover the surface of a tooth down to the gumline.  

Crowns are a very reliable solution for major dental problems caused by accidents, diseases or wear and tear. They can even be used to improve the appearance of misshapen or discolored teeth. 

Durable crowns in minimal time

Dental crowns can be made of gold, porcelain-covered metal or all porcelain.  Dr. Mead primarily places all porcelain crowns because they are extremely strong and have the most natural appearance.  His office is equipped with CEREC technology so that he can repair your teeth and place one or more crowns in a single appointment. Dr. Mead is highly trained in advanced restorations.  With his technical expertise and artistry, he creates natural-looking crowns that are nearly undetectable.

Most of the time, Dr. Mead is able to restore teeth with dental crowns in a single visit.  In some cases, a crown will need to be sent to a lab for fabrication.  The final placement of a lab crown requires a quick return visit about two weeks after Dr. Mead starts the restoration process.

The right solution

Crowns can be the solution to many dental problems.  Teeth that are weakened or damaged by trauma, decay, large silver fillings or root canals are typically restored with a crown.  Many people have unexplained pain from filled back teeth, which is usually due to hairline cracks in the chewing part of the tooth.  Placing crowns on these teeth relieves the pain and allows a return of their full chewing function.  In front teeth, older fillings can both weaken the teeth and cause “appearance” problems due to staining or chipping.  Crowns can restore both their aesthetic and strength.

Key Benefits of Dental Crowns

  • Replaces missing teeth
  • Offers support to misshapen teeth or badly broken teeth
  • Looks completely natural
  • Fixes “smile” and functional chewing problems