Dental Crown


This is a cap that is permanently placed over your tooth. It's designed to cover and protect it. A crown can strengthen a tooth that's weak or damaged. It restores a decayed tooth's appearance. It can be used to attach a bridge, or to cover a dental implant or a tooth that has been treated with a root canal.


Crowns are made from many materials. They can be metal, ceramic, porcelain, resin or a combination of materials. They differ in price, appearance and durability.


Some crowns cover the entire tooth. Others only cover part of your tooth, such as the broken cusp of a molar. This type of crown is called an "onlay." An onlay is a good choice for a tooth that is damaged but is still strong.


Getting a crown commonly requires two visits. At the first one, the dentist makes a mold of your tooth, prepares your tooth, and fits you with a temporary crown. At your next visit, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent one is put in place. Some dental offices have the equipment to make a permanent crown and attach it in a single visit.


If you have a discolored, decayed or broken tooth, a crown can help restore your smile. Talk to your dentist to find out which type of crown may be right for you.