Teeth are normally restored with fillings made of amalgam (silver fillings) or composite (tooth-colored or “white” fillings). However, when too much of a tooth’s structure is removed to support a filling, a crown, or “cap” is needed.
Reasons Why a Dental Crown May be Required:
A large filling has been placed and the crown is needed to support the remaining tooth structure
Restore a fractured tooth or protect a weak tooth from fracturing
Cover badly shaped or discolored teeth or for desired cosmetic improvement
Attach dental bridges
Restore a dental implant
A crown essentially covers a tooth to restore it to its natural shape and size. This permanent covering fits over your original tooth to strengthen or improve the appearance of the tooth.
You can expect two dental visits when getting a crown. At the first visit we will prepare the tooth, take an impression and make a temporary crown. The second visit we will remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent crown on.