What is a dental crown?

  • A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a damaged tooth to provide it protection.

  • A tooth cap fully encases the visible portion of the tooth that is exposed above the gum line.

Ceramic Dental Crowns When the front teeth need to be capped, the optimal material is usually ceramic, as the dentist can easily match the ceramic to the color of the adjacent teeth. When a child chips a tooth, we typically choose ceramic to repair it.

A large cavity as a result of tooth decay is the most common reason to have a crown placed. Small cavities are repaired with fillings, but if the area is too large, we’ll need to use a crown instead.
A damaged tooth resulting from a fracture or other injury can be repaired with a crown. A crown will fully strengthen and restore the tooth.
If the patient has had a root canal, a crown will protect the restored tooth.
A missing tooth might necessitate a bridge between the surrounding teeth to preserve spacing. Those adjacent teeth need to be crowned to support the bridge

How will I know if a dental cap is necessary?

  • Dental exam procedures and x-rays are used to identify and diagnose the needs of a tooth.

  • Deep decay that is growing between two teeth, or fractured tooth, will often need a dental cap to properly restore and protect the damaged tooth.

    When is a dental crown necessary?

    • A dental crown may be needed when a large cavity is threatening the health of a tooth.

    • Dental caps are specifically designed to protect and restore damaged or decayed teeth.

    • A dental crown may be used on a tooth that cannot be adequately restored by a filling, such as when decay is found between teeth or larger decay on a tooth.

How does receiving a dental crown work?

  • Local anesthetic will be used around the tooth.

  • The tooth will be prepped on all sides and the decay will be removed.

  • Dental “cement” is used to bond the dental crown to the tooth.

  • The dental crown “cap” will be fitted to restore proper form and function to the damaged tooth.