Crowns (often called caps) are placed onto teeth for several reasons.
- excessive wear
- deep cracks
- large previous dental work
- large decay
- misshapen or very dark teeth
They provide strength to the tooth and restore lost function. Crowns can also reproduce natural form and color to a tooth for a better appearance.
Crowns typically take two appointments – the first for shaping the tooth and making a temporary crown, and the second to cement the permanent crown.
Material used for crowns is either porcelain, gold, other metals, or a combination of metal and porcelain.
The advantages and disadvantages of the different options may be discussed with Dr. O’Malley. He will make a recommendation as to which material would be best for the patient’s individual need. Regardless of which type of crown is used, it is very important after a restoration is placed to keep the tooth clean. It is often the surrounding tooth structure around a dental restoration that becomes problematic and causes the crown to fail, and not a defect in the restorative material itself.