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
Examples of Bad Crowns
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.