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Dental Crowns (Caps)

Restore Damaged Teeth To Their Original Beauty

A dental crown (or tooth cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size.  A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth-colored) crowns are most popular.  They are highly durable and will last many years but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Imagine a porcelain crown made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth, giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.

Reasons for crowns:

Your smile may benefit from a crown if a tooth is damaged or decayed to the point that a dental filling will not provide a successful restoration. Crowns can also be used for a number of other restorative and aesthetic purposes, including:

  • To protect a tooth following root canal treatment
  • To anchor and attach a dental bridge
  • To cover and complete a dental implant
  • To enhance the beauty of your smile
  • To improve a misshapen tooth
  • To strengthen a tooth that is fractured or weakened
  • To support a large filling when little natural tooth structure remains

What does getting a crown involve?

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create a custom crown that fits your mouth and protects your bite. The mold will also be used to create a temporary crown that will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.

While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, the temporary crown will be placed cemented temporarily onto your tooth and your bite checked.

At your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned and your new crown will be carefully cemented to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate. You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.

To find out if a dental crown is right for you, feel free to contact our office at (610) 933-3717 for more information or to schedule a free consult. We look forward to hearing from you.