Crowns

Crowns
A crown is a cap which encases the tooth perfectly. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size and function and makes it stronger. The crown is permanently cemented to the tooth.
Why do I need a Crown?

Cavity too large

When a cavity is too big for a filling it usually breaks down the tooth. The crown covers the tooth to protect it.

Cracked Tooth

If the tooth is cracked, worn down or otherwise weakened, as crown is necessary to prevent further damage.

Cover Implant

An Implant requires that a crown be placed on top of it.

After Root Canal

Root canals weaken the tooth. This leaves the tooth susceptible to chipping or cracking. Adding a crown protect the tooth and keeps it intact.

Aesthetically Pleasing

Crowns are a great way to cover discolored or badly shaped teeth.

Great Smile

Sometimes our smile doesn’t look how we want it to. Either discolored, badly shaped, and for other reasons our teeth don’t look as good as they can. A dental crown can get you that Hollywood smile you can feel confident about.
What are Dental Crowns Made of?
  • All ceramic (porcelain-based)
  • Porcelain Fused to Metal
  • Gold Alloys
  • All Resins
  • Base Metal Alloys
  • Zirconia for Bruxer Patients
  • Stainless Steel Preformed Crowns for Kids
  • Temporary Crowns
How Do Dentist put on a Crown?
  • The patient is numbed before the procedure so they do not feel any pain.
  • If tooth has a big cavity or if it is fractured then the dentist may need to add extra strength to the tooth by doing core build up.
  • The dentist prepares the tooth by reducing the overall size of the tooth.
  • A mold is taken to provide an exact size for the crown and also a custom shade is taken to match it with other teeth in the mouth.
  • The patient gets a temporary crown while they wait for the permanent crown to be ready — usually less than two weeks. While patient has the temporary crowns, this tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold. Also, avoid chewing gum or sticky or crunchy foods during this time. In case the temporary crown comes off, then return to the office as soon as possible so that it could get cemented back.
  • The dental mold is sent to a lab where laboratory technicians use it to make a unique crown specifically for the patient.
How to Care for a Dental Crown?
  • Avoid chewing hard food, ice or other hard objects
  • If you grind your teeth, a nightguard is recommended after crown placements
  • Brush and floss twice a day to remove plaque
  • Be sure to see your dentist for a periodic exam