Dental crowns are an excellent option for patients with severely worn, decayed, or otherwise damaged teeth, or to protect a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy. Depending on your preference and unique oral needs, crowns can be made from gold, metal, or porcelain. Because they are more lifelike, porcelain crowns are currently the most popular choice for patients looking to improve their smile with dental crowns. In addition, porcelain crowns may be recommended for cosmetic applications - to improve the appearance of irregularly shaped or short teeth, for example.
Dr. van Zyl knows that no two smiles are exactly the same, and when it comes to dental crowns, he knows that one size doesn’t fit all. Each crown he designs is made according to extremely precise specifications. For anterior teeth that show when you smile, the dentist prefers natural-looking all-porcelain restorations. By using advanced, time-saving CEREC® technology, Dr. van Zyl can design, fabricate, and permanently secure a completely custom, ceramic dental crown in just one visit. After taking digital impressions of your bite, we can create your crown using our on-site milling machine in just minutes. Once in place, your crown will look, feel, and fit just like a natural tooth. Teeth closer to the middle and back of the mouth may require porcelain fused to metal, all metal, or zirconia crowns. These restorations are made in a dental lab, using durable, aesthetic materials designed to withstand the pressures exerted on molars.