Crowns (Caps)

If you have a tooth that is cracked, broken or severely damaged from decay, a crown can provide extra strength and protection to keep your tooth functioning normally while also restoring the tooth to its original shape and size. Crowns can also improve the appearance and shape of your tooth, restoring the natural beauty of your smile. Crowns are sometimes referred to as caps because they are placed over your existing tooth like a small hat or crown. 

Crowns work differently from fillings because they protect the entire surface of your tooth, instead of just a portion of it. The cap completely covers any damaged or broken area, which adds strength to your tooth, eliminates pain and prevents further damage to your surrounding teeth.

Not too long ago, crowns got their name because they were made out of gold. Today, your dentist can customize crowns for you using many different materials. For the back teeth, where a lot of chewing force is exerted, dentists will sometimes use stronger materials, like gold or metal alloys. For front teeth, dentists usually use porcelain because it has all the translucency and luster of real teeth. With a beautiful, hand-crafted crown, your new smile will be brighter than ever!

Reasons for crowns:

  • Broken or fractured teeth
  • Cosmetic enhancement
  • Decayed teeth
  • Fractured fillings
  • Large fillings
  • Tooth has a root canal

What does getting a crown involve?

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.

While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.

At your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.

You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.

If you have questions about crowns or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.