Crowns (Caps): Restoring and Protecting Teeth

A crown, also referred to as a cap, is a protective covering that envelops the entire surface of a tooth, effectively restoring it to its original size and shape. This dental restoration is employed when tooth structure cannot be adequately repaired with fillings or other restorative methods.

While there are various types of crowns available, porcelain crowns, also known as tooth-colored crowns, are the preferred choice for many patients. These crowns exhibit exceptional durability and can last for many years. However, similar to other dental restorations, they may require replacement over time. Porcelain crowns are custom-crafted to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth, ensuring a long-lasting and visually pleasing smile.

Reasons for crowns:

  • Broken or fractured teeth.
  • Cosmetic enhancement.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Fractured fillings.
  • Large fillings.
  • Tooth has a root canal.

Understanding the Crown Procedure

The crown procedure typically involves two appointments to ensure optimal results. During your initial visit, precise molds or impressions of your tooth will be taken to create a custom crown. A temporary crown will also be fabricated using a mold, which will serve as a temporary solution for approximately two weeks while your permanent crown is being crafted by a dental laboratory.

At your first appointment, while your tooth is numbed, Dr. Beller will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to create a proper fit for the crown. Once these preparations are complete, the temporary crown will be securely placed with temporary cement, and your bite will be assessed to ensure proper alignment. During your second appointment, the temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure an accurate fit and proper spacing. The dentist will also check your bite to ensure it is comfortable and functional.

Following the crown placement, you will receive care instructions, and it is essential to maintain regular dental visits to monitor the condition of your new crown and ensure optimal oral health.