Crowns (or caps) are onlays that completely cover all surfaces of the tooth. They look and function just like natural teeth while protecting what remains of the natural tooth structure. A crown is recommended if the tooth has enough decay that it cannot hold a filling/inlay or if the tooth is cracked or broken and in danger of damaging the root if left unattended. They may also be recommended for cosmetic enhancements.
Crowns can be made from:
- Porcelain fused to metal or gold; or
Together we can determine what material option best suits your needs. Porcelain crowns are generally the preferred option as they most resemble your natural teeth. The crown will be made to match the shape, size and colour of your other teeth.
Crowns are custom-made and generally require 2 visits. The dentist will remove any decay, prepare the tooth and take an impression that will be sent to a professional laboratory for fabrication. You will be given a temporary restoration that will look and function naturally while the permanent one is being made. When completed the permanent restoration will be inserted and a proper fit will be ensured before it is cemented leaving you with the most natural and beautifully restored smile.
In many cases the CEREC one-appointment crown is a great option and can save you time.
Crowns are very durable and, if the teeth are properly cared for, will last many years.