Dental Crowns (Caps)

Dental crowns (or tooth caps) are a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its optimal shape and size. A crown protects a tooth that would otherwise be at risk for fracture. By covering the tooth, a crown improves the tooth’s shape, size, and function. It’s important to brush your teeth in general but especially when you have a crown to help improve the tooth’s strength so it does not result in a cavity. 

Types of Dental Crowns

  • Metal
  • Ceramic
  • Porcelain
  • Composite Resin

Although there are several types of dental crowns, porcelain is the most popular, because it resembles your natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns match the shape, size, and color of your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting, beautiful smile.

Reasons for dental crowns

  • Broken or fractured teeth
  • Cosmetic enhancement
  • Decayed teeth
  • Fractured fillings
  • Large fillings
  • The tooth has a root canal
  • Cracked tooth syndrome

What does getting a dental crown involve?

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. At your first appointment, while the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to ensure a proper fit for a crown. Then, once these details are accomplished, your dentist takes highly accurate molds to create your custom crown. In addition, a temporary crown stays on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.

At your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed. As well, your tooth will then be cleaned, and the new crown 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.