What is a crown?
A crown, also known as a cap, is a porcelain covering for your entire tooth. Crowns are made when there isn’t enough natural tooth structure left to support a filling. Crowns are usually 2 visit procedures where the crown is prepared the first visit, an impression is taken to create the crown and a temporary is made to cover the tooth until the permanent one is ready to be placed. Iour office, there is usually a 2- 3 week time between appointments.
Why do I need a crown?
Crowns are made when there isn’t enough natural tooth left to support a filling. A crown can also be recommended if you have a piece broken or if there are cracks or fractures in your tooth. The
crown will help hold your tooth together if there are breaks, preventing future damage. Also, if you have had a root canal (endodontic) procedure, a crown is recommended to stabilize the tooth for the long term. Once a root canal is completed, the nerve and blood supply have been removed from the tooth, causing the tooth to become more
brittle over time. The crown is used to protect the tooth.
How long will a crown last?
Crowns usually last for 7-10 years, but depending on your particular situation, crowns can last much longer. We have seen crowns that have lasted 40+ years. As with any dental procedure, the better your home care, the longer the crown will last. Same for your maintenance visits with us, the more regular we see you, the quicker we can address any issue that may arise.