A dental crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size.  A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot otherwise be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.  We use crowns instead of fillings when the tooth is not structurally sound. 

Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth.  They are highly durable and will last many years.  Like most dental restorations, however, they eventually need to be replaced.  We make porcelain crowns to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth, giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.

Reasons for crowns:

  • Broken or fractured teeth.
  • Cosmetic enhancement.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Fractured fillings.
  • Large fillings.
  • Tooth has a root canal.
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What does getting a crown involve?

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment is longer and will include taking highly accurate digital impressions of the teeth. We also create a temporary crown, which you wear for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory. At the end of the visit, we place the temporary crown on your tooth with temporary cement and give you care instructions.  Afterwards, we will also check your bite to make sure it feels normal.  However, the most common cause for discomfort when wearing a temporary crown is problems with the bite.   

At your second appointment, we will remove the temporary crown, clean the tooth underneath, and carefully place your new crown to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.

We will give you care instructions and encourage you to have regular dental visits to make sure you’re staying healthy.