Dental crowns or “caps” are used when there is extreme damage to a tooth that cannot be fixed with a simple filling. Crowns are utilized to replace large, unaesthetic fillings, repair cracked or fractured teeth and restore form to severely worn teeth. We also recommend crowns be placed on endodontically (root canal) treated teeth because these teeth become more brittle and are more prone to fracture.
Large, older fillings can weaken teeth and cause staining or chipping. Many people have unexplained pain or sensitivity from back teeth with fillings. This is usually due to hairline cracks in the tooth. Placing crowns on these teeth relieves the pain and allows a return of full dental function. Porcelain crowns may be recommended on front teeth as an alternative to veneers to improve the appearance of heavily filled teeth.
The material used to make your crown will be determined by a number of factors including strength and aesthetic needs. Materials include porcelain, metal alloys and porcelain fused to metal. We are known for the quality of our work and the fantastic changes we make for people using this technology. These treatments are used for a long-lasting correction of major dental problems. It is usual for these treatments to last for 20 to 30 years, which is as close to permanent as dental treatment can get.
How long does it take to fit a dental crown?
A crown requires at least two visits to our office. At the initial visit, we remove decay, build up and/or shape the tooth, and create a custom, tooth colored temporary crown.
At the next visit, we remove the temporary crown and then try in and adjust the final crown. When we are satisfied with excellent fit, bite and esthetics of the crown, we will cement the crown into place and you have a new, beautiful looking tooth.