Crowns (Caps)

A crown (also known as a cap) covers a tooth in its entirety, so as to restore a tooth’s original shape and size. A crown is not just for aesthetic purposes, it also strengthens and supports a tooth and is often used when a filling or other dental options cannot be used. 

Crowns can be made from many materials; the most popular is porcelain. Porcelain crowns are customized to have the same shape, color, and size of your teeth. They are also very durable and will last for years. 

Why get a crown?

Dental crowns can help improve oral health and facial aesthetics in many ways. Here are some of the more popular reasons people get a crown:

  • To fix and strengthen broken or fractured teeth
  • As a cosmetic enhancement to improve smiles
  • To repair decaying teeth
  • To repair fractured fillings or large fillings
  • As part of the root canal process 

What is the process for getting a crown?

Getting a crown requires two visits to your dentist.  The process is as follows:

  1. At your first appointment, we will get impressions of your tooth to customize your crown. We will then numb your mouth, remove any decay, and then shape the surface of your tooth to fit the crown. A temporary crown will be placed and proper bite will be verified. This crown will remain in place for approximately two weeks while the permanent crown is created.  

  2. Your second appointment will involve removing your temporary crown, cleaning your tooth, and placing your permanent crown. You will leave this appointment with clear care instructions for maximum longevity and comfort. As always, regular dental visits, proper brushing and flossing, and a health diet are encouraged for proper dental hygiene and crown maintenance.