Crowns are a cosmetic restoration used to strengthen a tooth or improve its shape. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or partially destroyed by tooth decay.
Crowns are "cemented" onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth's new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.
Crowns or onlays (partial crowns) are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling. Unlike fillings which apply the restorative material directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated away from your mouth. Your crown is created in a lab from your unique tooth impression which allows a dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then sculpted just for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.
BruxZir® Zirconia Crowns
BruxZir Solid Zirconia is a highly aesthetic, strong material that Dr. McCuin uses to create crowns and bridges. It is the most prescribed brand of full-contour zirconia, and has a proven record of success in patients around the world.
BruxZir Solid Zirconia is made from biocompatible zirconia powder. Because BruxZir dental zirconia has no porcelain overlay, it is virtually unbreakable and resists chipping, cracking, or breaking in the mouth. This makes BruxZir crowns and bridges ideal for bruxers and grinders, who have broken their natural teeth or porcelain restorations in the past.