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Crowns

Crowns (or “caps”) are restorations that restore tooth strength and can also improve its appearance. Crowns can cover and support a tooth with a filling that is so large that it’s jeopardizing the overall strength of the tooth. They can be used to protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that's already broken. A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. Crowns are also used in conjunction with dental implants to restore teeth that are missing or being taken out.


When you are told that you need a crown you should expect to come back for two appointments. During the first appointment the tooth will be prepared for the crown. Old fillings will be replaced, decay will be removed, and the tooth will be shaped for the crown to sit on top of the tooth. When a filling is completed on a tooth that is being prepared for a crown it is called a "build-up". The build-up material is similar to a filling, but the purpose is to restore enough underlying structure to support the crown. After the tooth is prepared for the crown we will take an impression to send to the lab, which they will use to fabricate your crown. A temporary crown will be made and placed on the tooth until the permanent crown is ready to be put on. Normally you will have a temporary crown for 2-3 weeks until the final crown comes back from the lab.

 
The second appointment is much shorter than the first. You will come in, we will remove the temporary and fit the permanent crown. Usually very minimal adjustment is needed to get a great fit. Adjusting the bite is the most important part because if the crown is too tall your teeth will become sore. When we are certain the fit is just right we will cement the crown. Most patients do not need anesthesia for cementing of a crown but there are some instances where we would need to have a patient numb to get a crown in place. After the cement is cured you can eat and drink, avoiding any sticky or hard and crunchy foods for 24-48 hours allowing the cement to reach its final setting strength.

 
Why would I need a crown?


Here are some of the most common reasons patients need crowns:


What is the difference between a crown and a cap?


The terms crown or cap mean the same thing. The term crown refers to the part of the tooth that is being replaced. The term cap gives you a visual that it is like a hat, which goes around, and sits on top of the tooth.


Are there different types of crowns?

Yes, there are several different materials that are used to fabricate crowns. These are the main categories.

 

They are coming up with new materials and techniques to fabricate crowns all the time, here at Baldwin Family Dental we make sure that we stay up to date on all these innovations to provide you with the best care possible.


How do I choose what type of crown to get?

Consult with Dr. Baldwin or Dr. Petersen about the pros and cons to each type of crown and your unique situation. Some crowns are better for different areas of your mouth or different situations.