Strengthening and Protecting Teeth with Crowns

A crown is a type of dental restoration that covers the entire tooth. Crowns are used to restore and strengthen teeth that have been damaged due to extensive decay or fracture. They are also used for cosmetic reasons to cover teeth that are badly discolored, misshapen, or chipped. Rochester cosmetic dentists Dr. Calcagno can also replace old, unsightly metallic dental work with natural-looking ceramic crowns. Designed to match the color of your surrounding teeth perfectly, your all-porcelain crown will have an iridescence that mimics the sheen of a natural tooth, making your dental work undetectable.

Crown Materials

While crowns made of metal are still in use today, their dark, shiny appearance is unattractive. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are a more esthetically-pleasing choice, as they are made of porcelain with a durable metal substructure. However, the underlying metal sometimes shows a dark line at the edge of the gums. For optimal esthetics, Dr. Calcagno use the gold standard of dental crowns: all-porcelain. Matching the color and light-reflecting qualities of your natural teeth, all-porcelain crowns never look phony or synthetic, so what people notice is your beautiful smile, not your dental work.

Placement of Dental Crowns

Placing an all-ceramic dental crown involves several steps, the first of which is to prepare and shape your tooth for an ideal fit. Once your dentist, Dr. Calcagno, has achieved the right tooth shape, she will proceed with creating your crown. Your dentist will either take a dental impression and send it to a laboratory so that a ceramist can construct your crown, or she or he will fabricate a same-day crown for you using the CEREC system. Once your crown is created, your dentist will bond the natural-looking restoration over your tooth and ensure that it fits, meets well with opposing teeth, and matches your surrounding teeth optimally.

Fix Your Smile with a Custom Dental Crown

With a custom dental crown, your tooth can bounce back from a number of different cosmetic and restorative issues. To find out which crown is right for you, schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today at (507) 281-3659. Conveniently located in Rochester, MN, our office also welcomes patients who live in Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and all surrounding communities.

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