Learn about the Creation of Dental Crowns

Crowns on a black backdropDrs. Jeffrey J. Emmi, Laura Dougherty, and Jeffrey Bartoshesky use detailed molds, shade matching, and intraoral photography to ensure each crown fits beautifully within each patient's unique smile. Crowns are made in our long-term dental laboratory by master ceramists who have high quality and aesthetic standards. Our crowns are also made from a range of advanced materials. Our doctors use precise methods to ensure our crowns maintain proper bite alignment and protect our patients’ overall health. To learn more about the creation of dental crowns and restoring your smile, contact our Wilmington practice and schedule a consultation today. 

Crown Basics

Crowns are individually fabricated restorations that have a wide range of restorative and cosmetic functions. At Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates, we offer traditional crowns, as well as implant-supported crowns. Both types of crowns are carefully crafted using the latest techniques, materials, and imaging technology. No matter what type of crown you select, you can choose from several different materials. Your dentist will help you select the material that meets your budget and treatment goals. Options include:

  • Metal: Noble metal restorations are extremely strong, but they will not match the rest of your teeth. Nevertheless, they can be a very economical solution, especially for back teeth that will sustain a large amount of force.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM): PFM crowns are very strong. Because they have a porcelain shell, they will also match your smile. Over time, however, the metal could start to show through the outer coating.
  • Zirconia: Zirconia crowns can be color-matched to your natural teeth. They are nearly as strong as metal.
  • IPS e.max®: IPS e.max® is often considered the most lifelike restorative material. It has a uniquely natural translucence and sparkle.

Video: Dental Crowns & Bridges

Dental crowns are used at our Wilmington offices to cover teeth that are weakened or otherwise damaged. They distribute weight evenly in the bite, protecting the natural tooth below. Specialized crowns can also anchor dental bridges to fill the gap left by a missing tooth.

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Determining the Right Fit

Dr. Emmi and his team work carefully to ensure that your crown fits comfortably and does not disturb your natural bite alignment. First, your dentist will use an intraoral camera to obtain a detailed picture of your tooth. He or she will also take impressions and make a model of your tooth. The model will serve as a guide for the technicians who will fabricate your restoration. There is typically a 10-12 day turnaround for dental crowns.

Choosing a Color

Your dentist will use a shade guide to ensure that your crown matches the color of your teeth. We will send this guide to the lab, along with the photos, and a verbal description of your tooth. The exact process will depend on your particular aesthetic needs. For example, if you already have several crowns or fillings, we will need to make sure your new crown matches your existing restorations. If you are younger and have whiter teeth, it is important that your crown have an especially lifelike sparkle. If you have a particularly hard-to-match shade, you can go to a nearby dental lab for a custom-matched restoration. 

Schedule a Free Consultation

Thanks to our dentists’ and technicians’ expertise, we can create a crown that is a near-perfect match to your smile. To learn more about how crowns are fabricated, schedule an appointment with us today.

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