Dental Crowns in Cary, NC

What is a Crown?

A crown is a tooth-shaped cover placed over a tooth that is badly damaged or decayed. It is often referred to as a cap. A Crown can restore a cracked, broken, or severely damaged by decay tooth.  A crown is a viable option when a filling can’t replace enough of the tooth or make the tooth strong enough for everyday use. A crown can also be used to hold a bridge in place. Crowns can be used to improve appearance as well. They may be placed to cover misshapen or badly discolored teeth.

Types of Crowns…

Crowns can be made of all metal, Zirconia, Porcelain fused to metal (PFM), Porcelain fused to zirconia, or all ceramic.

Ceramic crowns are a porcelain-based filling material and recommended for restoring front teeth due to color blending with the natural teeth.

Porcelain fused to metal is connected to the outside of a metal structure to provide strength to the teeth as well as provide a good seal to prevent leakage and decrease recurrent dental decay. When porcelain is fused to metal, it provides a stronger restoration than porcelain alone.

Gold alloys are comprised of gold, copper and other metals and provide a strong material to adhere to the tooth structure. Gold alloy is resistant to wear and fracture and does not wear away the teeth it comes in contact with. This material is highly biocompatible with the gum tissue.

Base metal alloys contain non-noble metals which provide great strength to the crown and tooth and provide high resistance to corrosion. When preparing the tooth using base metal alloys, the dentist or prosthodontist would remove the least amount of healthy tooth structure. This material is resistant to wear and gentle to opposing teeth.

Your restorative crown will be custom fitted to your mouth because every mouth is unique. Call our Cary office and make your appointment today to get the smile of your dreams!



Dr Carlos Privette & Associates

970 Northwoods Drive
Cary, NC 27513 United States

Phone: (919) 465-0799
Fax: 919-465-0797


Mon. 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Tues. 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed. 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thur. 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri. 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed Sat. & Sun.