What is a crown?

A crown, sometimes called a cap, is a shell that replaces the entire outside portion of the tooth.  They can be made of a variety of materials, ranging from gold to porcelain to a variety of ceramics.

Why are crowns done?

Crowns on the back teeth are generally used to replace large missing portions of a tooth where a filling would have insufficient strength to prevent new fractures.  They can also be used in the front to improve esthetics or greatly change the shape of teeth. 

How are crowns done?

Crowns are done in two separate appointments.  During the first appointment we prepare the tooth for the crown.  We begin by anesthetizing the tooth so that you are comfortable for the remainder of the appointment. 


shave down the enamel of the tooth to make room for the final restoration, take an impression of the tooth, and send it to a laboratory.  We then fabricate a temporary crown so you can continue to use the tooth while the permanent crown is being made.  Approximately 2 weeks later you return