Dental Crowns or Caps are one of the most common types of restoration procedures. Restoration procedures are needed when tooth decay has occurred and requires small to moderate replacement of tooth material. A crown or cap covers the entire tooth surface to restore it to it’s original size. Typically crowns are made of porcelain like those shown to the left. Crowns are extremely strong and durable. With proper care you crown may last 8 years or longer. Crowns may need to be replaced from normal wear. Bad habits like chewing ice, eating brittle food or poor oral hygiene may shorten the life of your dental crown.
When might a crown be needed?
Teeth are often restored using silver or porcelain fillings. However, when too much of a tooth’s structure is removed to support a filling, a crown or “cap” may be needed. A crown may be needed to:
- Restore a tooth when it is unable to support a large filling
- Attach to bridges
- Cover badly shaped or discolored teeth
- Cover dental implants
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing or restore fractured teeth