Crowns, also known as caps, make teeth stronger and look better. A crown may be needed if there is a big filling in the tooth or if some of the tooth is broken. After a local anesthetic is given, some of the tooth is removed and an impression of the tooth is made and sent to a dental laboratory where the crown will be made. A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth, and you will be given an appointment to return and have the temporary crown taken off and the permanent crown placed on the tooth. There are three types of crowns:
Ceramic or non-metal – These crowns are made entirely of ceramic porcelain. Dr. Malon or Dr. Moran will carefully match the color of the porcelain to your other teeth.
Porcelain fused to metal crowns – These crowns have a porcelain cover over the underlying precious or semi-precious metal. These types of crowns are used when more strength is needed than just porcelain. Again, the color of porcelain chosen will match your other teeth.
Gold crowns – These crowns are made entirely of a metal with a high gold content. They are usually reserved for back teeth when the patient has a very strong bite.