A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over an existing tooth to restore the tooth’s size, shape, appearance, and/or strength. It is cemented into place and covers the existing visible portion of the tooth.
When might a dental crown be needed?
- To protect a weakened tooth from further decay, breakage, or cracking
- To restore a worn down or broken tooth
- To cover and/or support a tooth that has a large filling or a tooth that has had a root canal
- To cover a dental implant
- To cover a misshapen tooth
- To conceal severely discolored teeth
- To support a dental bridge
The process to have a crown put it requires 2-3 visits to our office. First, we’ll X-ray the tooth and examine it for decay or other issues that could require further treatment. The tooth will be filed down in order to make room for the crown, or, in the opposite scenario, a tooth that has a considerable amount of natural tooth missing may need to be “built up” will a filler to the point where it is strong and large enough to support the crown. We’ll make an impression of the tooth to receive the crown, as well as the teeth adjacent to it and above or below it, so we can make sure the crown is a natural fit into your bite. The impression will be sent to the lab, which will typically take 2-4 weeks to create your custom crown. In the meantime, we will place a temporary crown to cover and protect the prepared tooth. On your next visit, we’ll remove the temporary crown and replace it with the permanent crown.
A crown should last 5-15 years, depending on the amount of wear & tear the crown is exposed to, the oral hygiene practices followed, and the type of crown/material used. Our dentists have years of practical experience and technical expertise in general dental treatments, and will ensure that the crown fits well and is placed correctly so that it lasts as long as possible. As do our natural teeth, crowns may chip, break, or fall out with time. If you think you may need a crown, or if you have an existing crown that needs attention or has fallen out, please contact us to schedule an appointment.