A crown (often called a cap) is a restoration that is placed on an individual tooth (somewhat like a thimble over your finger) to restore a decayed or damaged tooth to its normal shape and function.  This procedure is often necessary when there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left to place a filling.  It is also useful for protecting teeth that are cracked, broken, or that have had root canal therapy.  A crown can also be used to change the shape of a tooth, to correct a bite or cosmetic problem.  Crowns are made of gold, porcelain or a combination of the two, your dentist will discuss with you which material is best suited for your situation.

Living With Your Crown

Crowns are designed to look and feel like real teeth.  As with your original smile it is recommended that you:

  • Brush and floss daily to remove decay-causing bacteria
  • See the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings

You should know

  • Crowns can fracture
  • The procedure requires anesthesia
  • Original tooth form is altered possibly involving stress to the nerve which might necessitate root canal therapy
  • Crowns are not permanent (may need to be replaced after 5 to 25 years)
  • If tissue shrinkage occurs, it can expose the junction between the tooth and crown
  • Crowns may not give the best esthetic result for people with serious bite or gum problems
  • Eating sticky, chewy toffee (ie - MacIntosh’s Toffee) is not recommended

The greatest thing about crowns is:

  • We can repair chipped or fractured tooth
  • Teeth can be lightened to any shade
  • Some realignment or straightening of the teeth is possible
  • Crowns can be shaped to esthetically fill gaps
  • Longest life of any restoration

If you have any further questions regarding crowns or other procedures to improve your smile, please ask the dentist or any member of our Riverstone Dental team.