Dental Crowns

Crowns (often called caps) are placed onto teeth for several reasons.

  • fracture
  • 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.