For more than 50 years porcelain fused to metal crowns and bridges (bridgework) have been the standards of care in restorative dentistry due to their strength and cosmetics. The metal substructure lends rigidity and precision fitting, while the porcelain overlay allows close matching of natural tooth shade. This type of restoration allows us to dependably restore severely broken down teeth, teeth with a root-canal, or a missing tooth area (i.e., bridgework).

Traditional gold crowns, inlays, and onlays are still a viable treatment alternative for the back molar teeth owing to their strength, durability, and precision fit. They remain the “Gold Standard” for restoring teeth.

Treatment Time:
Traditionally, two appointments are needed to make a crown. The first visit involves removing the broken or decayed parts of the tooth and shaping it for a crown. A provisional or temporary crown is provided until you return 2 weeks later for the crown fitting and cementation.

Patient Maintenance:
Crowns are designed to feel and function like real teeth; however, you should follow these simple guidelines to ensure many long years of service.

  • Chewing on peanut brittle, ice, hard or chewy candies is strongly discouraged to minimize the risk of dislodgement or fracture.
  • Regular oral hygiene at home, professional cleanings, and a diet low in refined sugars are imperative to prevent recurring tooth decay, and gum disease which can shorten the life of your crown.

Results of Treatment:
Restoration of tooth form, function, and look.

Average Range of Treatment Life Expectancy:

The average life of a crown is about 10 to 25 years. The primary factor in a crown prematurely failing is a poor fit. At The Hirshberg Dental Group, we insure success through vigorous inspection of our technicians work, and a policy of redoing any less than perfect work. Life expectancy is proportional to the original fit, recurring tooth decay, gum disease, and your oral hygiene.


  • Teeth can be lightened or whitened to match the shade of your natural teeth
  • Some realignment or straightening of teeth is possible
  • Dentists with "good hands" can improve shapes of teeth.
  • Crowned teeth are protected from fracture or breakage.

Other Considerations:

  • Depending on the health of the tooth prior to crowning, additional treatments, such as crown lengthening, or root-canal therapy, may be needed to ensure optimum success and longevity. 
  • Crowns are more expensive than fillings and take additional time to prepare.
Services - Restorative Gold Crown 1

Tooth has evidence of deep structural decay.

Services - Restorative Gold Crown 2

Once the tooth is shaped for the crown, an impression is made of the tooth and a temporary crown is put in place.

Services - Restorative Gold Crown 3

On your return visit, the new custom made crown is cemented on the tooth completing the restoration.