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Dental Crown

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth. The cap restores the tooth’s shape and size, strength and appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, cover the visible portion of a tooth.


A dental crown may be needed to:

  • Protect a weak tooth (for example, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  • Restore a broken tooth or a severely worn down tooth
  • Cover and support a tooth with a large filling and not much tooth remaining
  • Hold a dental bridge in place
  • Cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a tooth treated with a root canal
  • Make a cosmetic modification

Frequently Asked Questions

A well-crafted dental crown should be indistinguishable from your surrounding teeth. Porcelain crowns deliver the same texture and translucency as natural teeth, and we will fabricate your crown to match the size, shape and color of your original tooth. Crowns are highly customizable, which is perfect for a seamless restorative solution.

Thanks to modern anesthetics and sedation dentistry, your crown placement should be a painless procedure.

Crowns can be made from a variety of different materials including metal, porcelain fused to metal and 100% porcelain/ceramic. This means that there is usually at least one type of crown that is suitable for every patient.

The life of your crown will vary depending on a number of factors including the amount of wear and tear the tooth is exposed to, and how well you look after your crown and surrounding teeth. However, you can typically expect your new crown to last between 5 and 15 years.

You should care for a crowned tooth the way you would care for your natural teeth. Just because your tooth has a crown on it doesn’t mean it’s safe from tooth decay or gum disease. You’ll still need to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and visit your dentist for regular check-ups.


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