A dental crown is a tooth shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth, covering the tooth to restore its shape, size, strength and appearance. A crown may be needed to:

  1. Protect a weak tooth from breaking, or to hold together a cracked tooth.
  2. Restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that is severely worn down.
  3. Cover a tooth with a very large filling.
  4. Hold a dental bridge in place.
  5. Cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth.
  6. Cover a dental implant.

Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or full gold.

crownsThe process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits. During the first appointment,  the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to our local dental lab so that your new crown can be made so that it fits in the spot created for it and looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, we will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.

The crown takes seven to fourteen days to be returned to our office. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. You will again have a local anesthetic to numb the area and the tooth will be placed using a cement to ensure the tooth sets in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and will usually last many years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.