Crowns (Caps)

Crowns (Caps)

A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular.  They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they will eventually need to be replaced. Good oral home care and twice a year maintenance visits will help extend the lifetime of your new crowns.  Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth, giving you a well functioning and beautiful smile.

Reasons for crowns:

  • Broken or fractured teeth.
  • Cosmetic enhancement.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Fractured fillings.
  • Large fillings.
  • Tooth has a root canal.
What does getting a crown involve?

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments.  Your first appointment will include taking  highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown by our dental lab.  A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown has been received from the lab.

While the tooth is numb, Dr. Gray will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit under the crown.  Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.

At your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate and then bonded into place completing the process.

You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.


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