Dental Crowns

What is a Dental Crown (Cap)?

A crown is used to restore a tooth that is badly broken down-either due to fractures, extensive decay, or previous large fillings.  As opposed to fillings which go into a tooth and are supported by the tooth, a crown covers most or all of the tooth and protects and adds strength to the tooth.

What Materials are used in Dental Crowns?

Crowns can be made of a variety of materials including gold (an excellent restorative material, but not very esthetic), porcelain fused to a metal core, or all ceramic (metal free).  The newer ceramic materials provide very good strength and can match natural teeth beautifully.

How long does it take to make a Dental Crown?

A crown procedure generally takes two appointments.  At the first appointment the tooth is prepared or shaped to receive the crown, an impression is made, and a temporary crown is cemented over the preparation.  At the second appointment, the permanent crown is tried in to insure a perfect fit, then cemented or bonded to the tooth.  Crowns are very durable and can function for twenty or more years.

We can help you select the type of crown that is best for your individual situation.