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What is a Crown?

A crown (also called a cap) is a man-made cover that protects the tooth. It may be used to restore and preserve decayed, broken or cracked teeth. Crowns can also improve your overall appearance.

Why you may need a crown?

  • To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  • To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
  • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • To cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To make a cosmetic modification

Types of Crowns


Dr. Kuntz will evaluate your needs to determine which type of crown is most appropriate for your situation.

Metal: These are made of gold or other metals. It is very strong and won’t break. Because this type isn’t tooth colored, it may not be the best for a front tooth.

Porcelain: This is a tooth colored crown made of porcelain or re-inforced resin. It comes in a range of shades to blend with your other teeth. This type of crown may be more likely to chip than a metal crown.

Combination: This is a porcelain fused to metal crown. With porcelain on top re-inforced by metal in the inner surface of the crown. The metal makes the base stronger than a porcelain crown, but it is not as strong as a metal crown.

Zirconia Crowns: Zirconium offers the strength of metal but provides the aesthetics of a white tooth-like color and a more natural appearance. Zirconia has been safely and successfully used in cosmetic dentistry for many years.

What is a bridge or fixed partial denture?

Fixed partial denture

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together to help you chew, speak, sing and smile. When you lack teeth, it’s difficult to do these things. Fortunately, missing teeth can and should be replaced. Dr. Kuntz can restore your oral health and your smile with a fixed bridge.

A bridge is a restoration which replaces or spans the space where one or more teeth have been lost. There are two types of bridges – fixed and removable. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dentist. On the other hand, you can take out a removable bridge or partial denture for cleaning. Partial dentures, while less expensive, may not be as desirable as fixed bridges and are not as stable.

Why do I need a bridge?

Your appearance, dental health and the proper functioning of your mouth are all important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps maintain the natural shape of your face and may help support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.

More importantly, your dental health may suffer when teeth are not replaced. Teeth were designed to complement each other. When a tooth is lost, the nearby teeth may tilt toward the empty space, or the teeth in the opposite jaw may move up or down toward the space. This places unusual stress on both the teeth and tissues in your mouth.

In addition, the gum tissues and the bone that hold teeth in place can break down, increasing the risk of gum disease

Missing teeth can also affect the way you chew and speak. Chewing on only one side may cause stress to your mouth. You also need your teeth to speak properly, since they help you make the many sounds needed in speech.

Dr. Kuntz will carefully evaluate your dental and health needs and recommend a plan that best fits your needs.