What is a Crown?

A Crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to cover the tooth and to restore its shape, size, strength, and improve its appearance. A new Crown, when cemented into place, fully encases the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. Crowns are often necessary when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. Typically Crowns are bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. Crowns can be made from many materials, such as Metals, Porcelain, Resin, Gold, Zirconium and Ceramic. Crowns are often used to improve the strength, appearance, and maintain the health of your teeth.

The most common method of crowning a tooth involves using a dental impression of a prepared tooth to fabricate the Crown outside of the mouth. After completing the impression, a temporary Crown will be inserted and when the permanent Crown has been fabricated, the temporary crown can be removed and the permanent Crown will be inserted at the time of a follow-up visit.

Why is a Crown Needed?

A Dental Crown is usually necessary for the following reasons:

  • Protect a weak tooth from breaking.
  • Cover and support a tooth with a large Filling when there isn’t a lot of the tooth left.
  • Restore a broken tooth or a tooth that has worn down.
  • Cover misshapen or severely discolored tooth.
  • Cover a Dental Implant.
  • Hold a Dental Bridge in place.
  • Make a Cosmetic Dentistry modification.

    Crown Recement

    Over time, in some instances it may occur that the dental cement that adheres the Crown to the tooth may wear down. If that occurs, the Crown can be made to adhere again to the tooth with new dental cement.

    If you have questions about the need for a Crown, either Porcelain or Metal, please contact one of our staff by calling V-KARE Family Dentistry & Cosmetics Clinic, Champlin, MN at 763-323-6564, or you can send us a message through our online Contact Us Form