Restorability and Treatment with the Single-Unit Crown

Cost: $29.00
ADA Credits: 2

AGD Credits: 2
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Educational Objectives

The overall goal of this course is to provide the reader with information on the considerations and procedural steps involved in treatment with a single crown. After completing this article, the reader will be able to do the following:

1. Review the criteria for restorability with a single full-coverage crown.

2. Describe the concept of biologic width, its importance and considerations with respect to crown design.

3. List and describe the steps involved in treatment for a single crown, including the preparation design with respect to general parameters and the restorative material selected.

4. Delineate the main types of impression materials used during treatment for a crown, and describe the impressiontaking techniques that may be used for these materials.

5. Review the steps involved in placement of a temporary restoration and in the luting of a permanent crown.


Treatment with a single-unit crown is one of the more common indirect restorative procedures. Once the restorability of the tooth has been confirmed, and patient acceptance of the proposed treatment plan obtained, a series of proscribed procedures are performed prior to and after fabrication of the crown. Periodontal, anatomical, functional and esthetic factors are all considerations both during treatment planning and during the treatment phase.

About the Author

R. Paul McGraw DDS, FAGD

Dr. McGraw received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, School of Dentistry in 1979, and was awarded the Academy of General Dentistry’s “Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry” designation in 1993. Dr. McGraw has lectured nationally, and served as the Associate Member Trustee on the Board of the American Academy of Periodontology from 2006 to 2008. Dr. McGraw maintains a restorative dental practice in the Kansas City, Missouri area, focusing on fixed crown and bridge and removable prosthetic reconstruction and implantsupported crown and bridge and prosthetic solutions. Dr. McGraw has no conflicts of interest to declare. He can be reached at

R. Paul McGraw DDS, FAGD has no potential conflicts to disclose.

SPONSOR/PROVIDER: This is a Dental Learning, LLC continuing education activity.

DESIGNATION STATEMENTS: Dental Learning, LLC is an ADA CERP recognized provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Dental Learning, LLC designates this activity for 2 CE credits. Dental Learning, LLC is also designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership, and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 2/1/2012 - 1/31/2016. Provider ID: # 346890. Dental Learning, LLC is a Dental Board of California CE provider. The California Provider number is RP5062. This course meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for 2 units of continuing education.

EDUCATIONAL METHODS: This course is a self-instructional journal and web activity. Information shared in this course is based on current information and evidence.

REGISTRATION: The cost of this CE course is $29.00 for 2 CE credits.

PUBLICATION DATE: February, 2013.

EXPIRATION DATE: January, 2016.

REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION: To obtain 2 CE credits for this educational activity, participants must pay the required fee, review the material, complete the course evaluation and obtain a score of at least 70%.

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SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY STATEMENT: Information shared in this continuing education activity is developed from clinical research and represents the most current information available from evidence-based dentistry.

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