A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth’s surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens a tooth that cannot be restored with other types of restorations. At Ben Mandel DDS, our dentist traditionally uses composite (mercury-free restorations) and all-porcelain-bonded crowns. Please call our La Mesa dental practice to learn more about how you can benefit from dental crowns.

Typically porcelain crowns are placed when a significant amount of tooth structure is lost and when placing a filling would jeopardize the integrity of the tooth or compromise the aesthetics or strength. Traditional crowns have gold inside of them with porcelain bonded to the outside for aesthetics. These are sturdy and durable and hold up well to the 200 pounds of pressure put on them during chewing function.

The newer porcelain crowns are called “second-generation” materials because they are stronger and more durable than the original porcelain type materials that were used thirty years ago. These new materials have more flex, better wear, more translucency to match the natural color of your teeth and they bond better to either the tooth or the metal underneath the porcelain on the porcelain/metal crowns.

New materials, such as Empress Crowns are extremely strong and durable crowns made completely of porcelain and bonded to the tooth. These types of crowns are becoming more and more popular because they are more aesthetic, and have NO metal underneath which can sometimes give a “grey” or “black” margin “shine-through” at the gumline.