A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to restore its strength, function, and appearance. They fit over teeth or implants, or can be inlayed within natural teeth.
They are used in various situations. They often are used following root canal therapy, where crowns are used to protect the remaining tooth and provide function. They are also used to cover teeth with large fillings if the tooth structure has weakened. Additionally, the teeth next to bridgework may be crowned to provide structural support at attachment points. Lastly, a crown may be used with an implant to replace a lost tooth.
Permanent crowns can be made from metals (such as gold), porcelain, or ceramic.
Here at Stillwater Dental we have a few innovative solutions for crowns. As patients dental needs are very different, the crown procedure always begins with an examination and subsequent discussion with your dentist about your specific dental needs.
As a general rule, we offer two different crown options: same-day and two-visit. We are proud to create Cerec same-day crowns, and we’ve done thousands of them since this technology was introduced. During this procedure the doctor will prepare your tooth for the crown, take digital photographs of the preparation, and using computer aided design (or CAD) will design and mill your new crown directly on site (you can even watch!). The doctor will then test the fit and cement the new crown in place and you walk out with it completed and no further appointments are necessary.
In other cases (and for various reasons that your dentist will discuss with you), we will utilize a dental laboratory for your final crown work. In this case, your dentist will create a temporary restoration for your tooth until the lab constructs your permanent crown, which is cemented in/on at a later appointment.
A dental crown may be needed for the following reasons:
- To protect a weakened tooth from breaking or stabilize a cracked tooth.
- To restore an broken or worn tooth.
- To fill a large filling (sometimes called an inlay).
- To hold a bridge in place.
- To cover a misshapen or discolored tooth.
- To cover an implant.
- To make a cosmetic modification.
If you or someone in your family has questions about crowns or would like to meet with one of our doctors to discuss your crown or other dental needs, we encourage you to request an appointment online or call us today. We look forward to serving you and your family!