Crowns, otherwise known as caps, are dental restorations that cover and protect teeth that are weakened by severe decay or damage. Crowns may also be placed on top of implants as part of the process of repairing missing tooth space.
Crowns are custom designed and made to match the shape and color of your teeth. Crowns are non-removable and will become a permanent part of your mouth for many years to come. The process involves one visit where the tooth is built up with filling material and the shape is modified. An impression of this tooth shape is sent to a laboratory where the crown will be made. The patients leaves this first office visit with a temporary crown in their mouth, which is made chair-side by the dentist. At the second visit, the crown is tried in and permanently cemented into your mouth. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, crowns can stay in your mouth for decades to come.