Dental Crowns

Why Would I Need A Crown?

  • The tooth may have been weakened by having a very large filling
  • You may have discolored fillings and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth
  • You may have had a root filling which will need a dental crown to protect it
  • You may have had an accident and damaged the tooth
  • It may help hold a bridge or denture firmly in place

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are an ideal way to rebuild teeth which have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. The crown fits right over the remaining part of the tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape and contour of a natural tooth.

Crowns are sometimes also known as “caps”.

Crowns are made of a variety of materials and new materials are being introduced all the time. Porcelain crowns can look very natural and are most often used for front teeth.

Advantages of Crowns

Because the shape of the crown will be slightly different from the shape of your tooth before it was crowned, you may be aware of it to begin with. Within a few days it should feel fine, and you will not notice it.

The crown may need some adjustment if it feels higher than the surrounding teeth. If it is at all uncomfortable, it is easy to adjust.

Your crown isn’t noticeable. The crown will be made to match your other teeth exactly. The shade of the neighboring teeth will be recorded, to make sure that the color looks the same.

How Long Will My Crown Last?

The life of a dental crown will depend on how well it is looked after. The crown itself cannot decay. Properly cared for crowns will last for many years.