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Dental crowns are primarily used in restorative treatment to give you back full use of your teeth after damage from:

  • tooth decay

  • trauma

  • severe enamel erosion

  • grinding/clenching of teeth.

Crowns, also known as “caps,” may be used to replace teeth that have been weakened, cracked or badly chipped. Crowns cover the exterior surface of the damaged tooth, replacing it with a stronger, better looking surface that is nearly undetectable when other people look at your smile.


At Smiles by Design, we normally use porcelain crowns rather than the gold or metal crowns that were once common in dentistry. Porcelain crowns allow us to match the crown to your other teeth in shape, size and color for a more natural-looking smile. If your new crown is replacing old silver-colored fillings, porcelain will help give you back the smile you’ve always wanted.

In the past few years, breakthroughs in crown design and materials have allowed for the creation of affordable, yet super-strong porcelain crowns. These special crowns are more than two times stronger than regular dental porcelain and provide a more durable, long-lasting smile. That’s especially important when crowns are being used to restore teeth damaged by tooth grinding/clenching.

Benefits of Crowns

  • Replace missing teeth

  • Provide a new look for badly damaged teeth

  • Give you back a natural looking smile

  • Solve pain and chewing problems



Here is what you can expect when you are coming to have a crown put into your mouth.

1st visit – Your tooth will be prepared for the permanent crown. Dr. Schraw will remove any damage and shape the existing tooth. We’ll also take care of measurements and shading for the crown. Then you’ll be fitted with a temporary crown until your permanent one can be produced out of high quality porcelain.

2nd visit – We remove the temporary crown and fit the new permanent one into place, making any sizing adjustments so that it fits comfortably. You walk out with a brand new tooth and a confident smile!

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