Dental crowns act as a cap that encases the visible portion of a tooth above the gumline, effectively restoring its function and aesthetics. Crowns are commonly recommended for teeth that have extensive decay, large fillings, fractures, or after root canal therapy to protect the underlying tooth structure.

Crowns are typically made from various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal alloys, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain and ceramic crowns are popular choices due to their ability to closely mimic the natural color and translucency of teeth, providing a seamless blend with the patient’s smile. They are especially preferred for front teeth where aesthetics are paramount. Metal crowns, such as those made from gold or other alloys, offer exceptional durability and strength, making them ideal for molars and teeth subjected to heavy biting forces.

The process of receiving a dental crown typically involves two appointments. During the first visit, the dentist prepares the tooth by removing any decay and shaping it to accommodate the crown. An impression or digital scan of the tooth and surrounding teeth is then taken to create a custom-made crown that fits precisely. A temporary crown is then placed to protect the tooth while the permanent crown is being fabricated in a dental laboratory.

At the second visit, the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is carefully checked for fit, color, and bite alignment before being permanently cemented into place. Once bonded, the crown restores the tooth’s function and appearance, allowing the patient to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.

In addition to their restorative benefits, dental crowns provide long-lasting protection to weakened or damaged teeth, helping to prevent further deterioration and the need for more extensive dental treatments in the future. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, crowns can remain functional and aesthetically pleasing for many years.