What is a dental crown?

A dental crown protects a weak tooth from breaking down further. Crowns also restore broken or damaged teeth. They are typically placed after a root canal to help seal out infection. The crown fits snug over the tooth similar to a cap, and can change the size, shape, and color of a tooth. Crowns give patients a beautiful natural looking smile.

How do I know if I need a crown?

If you have a broken or damaged tooth, you may be in need of a crown. Crowns cover broken or damaged teeth to prevent infection and further damage to the tooth. If you have large areas of decay, or you notice your tooth is misshapen or discolored, you may need a crown. Other signs include pain or difficulty chewing food. Our team can help you decide what type of crown will work best for you.

What type of crowns are available?

Ceramic Crowns: Ceramic crowns are typically used to restore front teeth. These are made of a porcelain material and blend in with your natural teeth.

Porcelain Crowns: Porcelain crowns are made of a porcelain that is fused to metal. This type of crown is stronger compared to other crowns because it has a metal structure beneath the crown.

Same Day CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) Crowns: CEREC crowns can be completed in just one appointment. This type of crown is shaped and sized to match your existing teeth, and is made out of a solid block of ceramic or resin. With the latest computer aided technology the crown is conveniently made in our office using an on-site milling unit. This type of crown is built to last 10-15 years and eliminates the need for temporary crowns.

What happens during the crown process?

During the crown procedure we use local anesthetic to keep our patients comfortable and relaxed. The tooth is filed down to provide the perfect fit for the crown. Impressions are taken and sent off to a lab where your custom crown is made. In the meantime, temporary crowns are used until the permanent crown is ready. Once the crown is ready, the crown is affixed to the tooth. Two appointments are typically needed for crowns, unless you have opted for the same day CEREC crowns that can be done in just one visit.

If you are interested in finding out more about crowns and which option is right for you, contact our office to schedule your appointment.