J.E. Spencer, DDS and J. Clint Spencer, DDS

2900 Pine Mill Road
Paris, TX 75460



Crowns are a restoration used to improve your tooth's shape or to strengthen a tooth. There are several different reasons that a tooth might need a crown:

  • Broken tooth
  • Cracked tooth
  • Missing significant amount of tooth because of a large filling or root canal
  • Cosmetic reasons, like discoloration or poor tooth structure

Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or have portions destroyed by tooth decay. When a tooth is cracked or when a significant portion of your tooth is missing, a crown is often the best option. Crowns are preferred in many cases because they are strong, they last a long time, and they look good.

Crowns are "caps" cemented onto an existing tooth which 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. Every situation is unique, so for best results you must use the material that is best for that particular tooth.

Crowns are often preferable to silver amalgam fillings. Unlike fillings which apply metal 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.

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Dr. J. E. and Dr. Clint Spencer provide general dentistry for children, teens, and adults in Paris, TX (Texas). Please contact our practice to schedule your next dental checkup.

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