Need a crown and want to know more?

So, your dentist told you that you need a crown on your tooth. Don’t worry. A crown can make your tooth stronger, as well as function and look better.


What is a crown?

A crown replaces the damaged or missing parts of a tooth. The dentist will remove all the damaged or decayed tooth structure and have a tooth-shaped replacement prepared. He or she will then cement over the remaining tooth structure like a “cap.” 


Why do I need a crown?

Your dentist may recommend a crown if:

  • Your tooth is cracked
  • You need a large filling and there is not enough tooth left to hold it
  • A filling would not be strong enough to withstand your chewing forces
  • As part of a dental implant
  • You had a root canal, particularly on a back tooth
  • Your tooth is discolored or badly shaped


What are crowns made of?

Many materials can be used to make crowns, including:

  • Porcelain/ceramics
  • Porcelain/ceramics bonded to metals
  • Gold alloys
  • Base metals
  • Titanium
  • Composite (resin plastic-like) materials


How long do crowns last?

Crowns tend to last at least five-to-eight years, but can last much longer, even a lifetime, depending on a variety of factors. Talk to your dentist about what will work best for you.