If you’ve chipped a tooth or undergone a root canal procedure, your dentist may have discussed using dental crowns to repair or protect your teeth. What are dental crowns exactly? Let’s break down what they are, why they’re used, and what the procedure looks like.

What are Dental Crowns?

Also known as caps, dental crowns are artificial tooth material placed on top of the affected tooth to repair it or blend it to match other teeth. Dental crowns can be made of resin, porcelain, zirconia, metal, or a combination of a few materials. DIfferent materials may offer certain advantages in cost, durability, and appearance.

The best type of crown for you will depend on where it will be located, the amount of chewing force that will be applied, and how much remaining tooth will be supporting the crown. Once applied, dental crowns are color matched to closely match your natural color, so they can blend seamlessly with your smile.

What are Dental Crowns Used For?

Dental crowns are recommended by dentists for a variety of cosmetic, protective, restorative reasons.

  • Dental crowns can be used to cover discolored, broken, or misshapen teeth.
  • Dental crowns can be used after a root canal to protect the exposed tooth.
  • Dental crowns can be used to strengthen weak teeth and provide a restored chewing surface.

If you have a cavity that is too big to fill, or have struggled for a way to disguise a discolored tooth, a crown could be an effective solution. It’s always best to talk through the options with your dentist to see if they agree that dental crowns can give you the best results.

Dental Crown Procedure

Traditional dental crowns take 2 dental procedures. In the first visit, your dentist will prepare the tooth receiving the crown by removing some of the tooth material so the prosthetic can fit closely. Then, they will take an impression of the area which will be used to construct the crown. The measurements will be sent to a laboratory where the crown will be fabricated to your exact specifications. You may receive a temporary crown while the permanent one is being prepared for you. 

At the second visit, the dental crown will be placed by your dentist who will check that it is a perfect fit before cementing it in. Dental crowns can last many years, depending on the type and placement of the crown. They are a fantastic solution for patients looking for a more confident smile and a reliable way to repair damaged teeth.

Think you might need a crown? Talk to Weber, Mountford, & Ruszkowski. We’re happy to get you on our schedule, take a look, and let you know how we can help.