stock-27A dental crown, also known as a “cap”, is a prosthesis that is shaped like a tooth and cemented over your existing tooth. If your tooth is in need of a lot of restorative work, it may need a crown. Crowns are used when a filling isn’t enough to restore the tooth.

Benefits of Crowns.

Natural Look | Crowns are shaped to look like your natural teeth and the color can be matched to the rest of your teeth.
Stain Resistant | Porcelain is resistant to staining.
Long Lasting | Crowns that are well maintained can last anywhere from five to fifteen years.
Comfortable | Crowns sit on top of the tooth, not on the jaw itself, and are unlikely to irritate the gums.
Confidence and Self-Esteem | A crown can help restore your confidence and self-esteem. It can be hard to smile when your teeth don’t look their best. Once a crown is in place you can feel more confident when you smile, which can boost your self-esteem.

How is it Done?

  1. Examination. When you come in, we’ll examine your teeth and make sure you’re a candidate for a crown restoration. X-rays may be taken.
  2. Preparation. The tooth is shaped in preparation for the crown. Anesthesia may be used.
  3. Mold. An impression is made once the tooth has been shaped. The crown will be customized to this mold.
  4. Temporary Crown. A temporary crown will be placed over your tooth, to protect it until the permanent crown is ready to be attached.
  5. Holding pattern. The mold is sent to a laboratory and the crown is created. This can take about two weeks.
  6. Double check. Once the crown comes in, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is placed and checked for fit and color.
  7. Cementation. If the crown is approved, it’s time to cement the crown to the tooth. A local anesthetic may be used.

Make an Appointment!

A crown is a great way to restore your smile. At River Dental, we aim to give you the best smile possible. Don’t wait. Call and make an appointment today!