A crown is a restoration that covers or “caps” an entire tooth in order to:
- Restore a tooth which has insufficient structure left to hold a large filling
- Restore a broken or cracked tooth
- Protect a weakened tooth from breaking or hold together a cracked tooth
- Cover a root canal tooth to prevent it from breaking
- Cover a badly stained or unesthetic tooth to improve a smile
- To anchor a bridge used to replace missing teeth
- Cover a dental implant
Crowns are made of a variety of materials; the type of crown we recommend for you will be determined by your unique clinical situation and your desires for your tooth. Our goal is to restore your tooth to a comfortable feel and lifelike appearance.
- Full metal crown (white or yellow gold)
- Full ceramic / porcelain
Two appointments are required to fabricate a crown. During the first appointment, the tooth is prepared, an impression of the tooth is taken, and a temporary crown is made to cover the tooth while the permanent crown is made. At the second appointment, the temporary is removed and the permanent crown is attached with dental cement.
Dental crowns usually last many years, and some may last for decades! Crowns occasionally debond, and come out. Debonded crowns should be recemented quickly to prevent bacterial contamination of the underlying tooth to reduce the chance of a root canal.