Dental Crowns or “Caps”

When damage to a person’s tooth is extreme we can use porcelain, zirconia or porcelain fused to metal crowns to make the smile appear natural. A crown is a protective cover or “cap” that helps prevent further structural breakdown of a tooth.   Crowns can restore esthetics and function that can last for years.   Using this technology, we have made fantastic changes for our patients.

How long does it take to fit a dental crown?

Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to our office. Initially, we will remove decay, shape the tooth, and fit it with a temporary crown.

On the subsequent visit, we will remove the temporary crown and then fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, we will cement the crown into place and you have a new, beautiful looking tooth.

Key Benefits of Dental Crowns

  • Offers support to misshapen teeth or badly broken teeth
  • Looks completely natural and improves smile
  • Corrects functional chewing problems
  • Protects teeth with root canal treatment from fracturing

What are the capabilities of crowns?

Crown and bridgework are very reliable solutions for major dental problems caused through accidents, diseases or wear and tear.  Material used in these repairs is either high-grade porcelain, zirconia, or porcelain bonded to metal. 

Many people have unexplained pain from filled back teeth, which may be due to hairline cracks in  the tooth. Placing crowns on these teeth relieves the pain and allows a return of full dental function for these teeth. In front teeth, older fillings can both weaken the teeth and cause “appearance” problems due to staining or chipping. Porcelain crowns and bridges are suitable in cases where porcelain veneers are not. In teeth with root canal fillings, crowns can prevent tooth fracture.