A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. A crown is sometimes known as a 'cap'. Crowns can be made of a variety of different materials and new materials are continually being introduced. Some of the most popular options are metal-ceramic, porcelain, gold and metal alloys.
Did you know…
Many may think dental crowns are the invention of the modern times, but they cannot be further from the truth. It is believed that the first dental crowns were created by Etruscans, 700 B.C. They were first made by using gold only but modern dental crowns can be made with porcelain to restore your smile and achieve both the function and appearance of natural, healthy teeth.
Frequently asked questions
Is a crown right for me?
If you have a tooth that has been heavily broken, weakened by root treatment or decay, or a very large filling a crown may be right for you. Schedule an office consultation to determine whether you could benefit from crowns or bridges.
What should I expect when I have my crown placed?
If you are a candidate for a crown, the dentist will prepare the tooth to the ideal shape for the crown. This will involve removing a layer of the outer surface, leaving a strong inner core. The amount of the tooth removed will be the same as the thickness of the crown. Your dentist will then take an impression (mould) of the prepared tooth. This mould is sent out to a dental laboratory, which constructs your crown usually within 1-2 weeks. A temporary crown is usually be fitted while the permanent crown is being formed.
Do I need to follow any post-treatment care guidelines?
Your teeth will need time to heal following the crown and bridge placement process, so it is normal for you to experience some sensitivity – especially to hot and cold. Additionally, you may experience soreness in the gums surrounding your restorations, though this is usually manageable with pain killers and should subside within a few days.