Dental Crowns


Dental crowns are a type of dental restoration method that involves capping or encircling a tooth or dental implant. The most common reason someone would need to get a crown is if they have a large cavity which is threatening the ongoing health of the tooth. Typically, crowns are bonded to the tooth with dental cement. They are made from a variety of materials and can help to improve the strength and appearance of teeth. Unfortunately, they can be expensive due to the nature of the procedure and materials used. So, it is important to check and see if your dental insurance will cover any of the costs of getting a dental crown.


Materials used in crowns vary greatly, as mentioned. Metal-containing crowns include full gold crowns, which consist of an entire single place of alloy which is actually made of different elements, including not only gold but also platinum, palladium, silver, copper, tin, and others. Porcelain fused to metal dental crowns is a more attractive option, as they have a porcelain veneer over the metal shell, giving the tooth a more natural look. These are quite popular for front teeth restorations.

Restorations without metal, include Chairside CAD/CAM dentistry, which is a method of fabricating an all-ceramic restoration by electronically capturing and storing a photographic image of the tooth and then crafting a 3D restoration design to plan the inlay, onlay, or single-unit crown. Empress systems use a specially designed pressure-injected, leucite-reinforced, ceramic that is pressed into a mold by using a pressable-porcelain oven. Other less common methods involving restoration without metal include the In-ceram method and Procera method.

The average crown has a lifespan of 10 years, although with proper care they can last the lifetime of the patient, past 50 years or more. The most important factor in making a crown last is continuous oral hygiene. The longest lasting crowns are full gold crowns, as they are made of one continuous piece. Even as much as adding a porcelain veneer to the gold crown will add a dimension of concern for the patient in continuous care, as porcelain is brittle and increases the risk of fracture to the crown. It is important to discuss what you are looking for with Sarasota dental crowns with your dentist in order to decide which type is right for you.

So, if you are looking for a great dentist in the Sarasota area, make sure to read reviews and ask your friends. In doing so, you will be able to find a dentist that can provide you with the best service in both cosmetic and preventative dentistry, as well as, make you comfortable with your decision.

Drs. Scheurer and Jenkins are graduates of the University of Florida College of Dentistry and are members of the following organizations:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Florida Dental Association
  • Sarasota County Dental Association
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