Dental Crowns

A crown (or 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. Dental crowns may be an ideal option when other more conservative treatments such as dental fillings, porcelain veneers, or tooth bonding are ruled out.

crown-dental-care-scvCrowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel, Dr. Okuyama recommends a porcelain finished crown. Porcelain crowns can be matched to the shade of your other teeth, appearing just like one of your natural teeth.

According to WebMD, a dental crown is needed in the following situations:

  • To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  • To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
  • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • To cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To make a cosmetic modification

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 your custom crown. 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, a temporary crown will be fitted that will stay on your tooth for approximately 10-14 days until your new crown is fabricated.

At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.

Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing.

Crowns are made using porcelain, porcelain fused to metal or full gold. For a more natural look and feel; a porcelain finished crown is best and can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.