Dental Crowns

A dental crown can act as a cap to go over the tooth and restore shape, size, and strength.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns, often referred to as caps, can improve the function of damaged teeth and improve appearance as well! This dental restoration can protect a cracked tooth, restore a decaying tooth, or replace an existing crown. The new crown covers the entire top of the tooth and is cemented into place. Crowns can be made out of metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, composite resin, or a combination of these.

You Might Need a Dental Crown if you:

  • Have a cavity that is too large for a filling
  • Have a missing tooth and require a bridge
  • Have a cracked or weakened tooth
  • Wish to cover a discolored tooth
  • Have had a root canal
  • Need to cover a dental implant

What to Expect During Dental Crown Placement

Dental crown placement generally requires multiple visits to the dentist. First, the dentist removes an outer portion of the tooth as well as any decay for the crown to fit. Your dentist might also build up the core of the tooth if any added structure is needed. An impression of the tooth will be made to ensure an exact fit of the crown. A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth until your permanent crown is ready. While the temporary crown is on, you should avoid chewing gum or sticky foods. You will have a second appointment once your permanent crown is ready, where Dr. Kim will place the crown and make any necessary adjustments.

After your dental crown placement, there are a few things you can do to prevent damage and keep teeth healthy including:

  • Regular brushing and flossing
  • Avoid hard foods such as ice or other hard objects
  • See your dentist for regular exams and teeth cleaning
  • Wear a night guard if you clench or grind your teeth

To learn more about dental crowns or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today.