Good Crowns Vs Bad Crowns …..What to Look For


Dentistry is both a science and an art.  A good dentist must have the skills and attention to details in order to deliver a quality restoration. This is never more true than when it comes to crowns and bridges. Here are some guidelines as to what makes a good crown vs a bad crown.

 Qualities of a Good Crown:

  • Perfect fit at the margins and to the adjacent teeth
  • Proper emergence profile of the crown from the gum line
  • Excellent contact between the neighboring teeth
  • Excellent occlusion, i.e the fir of the crown to the opposing teeth
  • Excellent color to match natural teeth

Qualities of a Bad Crown:

  • Poor fit- this results in recurrent decay, sensitivity and ultimate failure of the crown
  • Over contoured crown- this results in inflammation of the gum tissue, gum disease and movement of the crown by muscle forces
  • No contact between the adjacent teeth-results in movement and tipping of the crown
  • Poor color and not natural looking

  Examples of Good Crowns

Good Crown

Excellent Esthetics

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Proper Shape and Contour



Proper Contact and Contour

Excellent Crown Interior


Examples of Bad Crowns

Bad Crown

Overcontoured Tooth

Bad Crown

Unnatural Contours and Occlusion


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Poor Esthetics







Bad Crown

Poor Color and Contour




















Now you know what a good crown should look like and how it should fit to the tooth.   A good crown requires a high degree of skill and attention to details which creates the correct outcome.



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