What is a crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth – covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance. Crowns protect and strengthen tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

There are several types of crowns, with porcelain (tooth-colored crown) being the most popular. That's because all-porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, translucency and color of your teeth – giving you the most natural looking smile.

If a crown is the right solution for you, Dr. Anundsen will review and discuss the types of crowns that will be best for your individual situation.

What's involved in getting a crown?

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments.  While the tooth is numb, Dr. Anundsen will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to allow room for the crown.  Once this is accomplished, a highly accurate impression (or mold) of the prepared tooth is made to create your custom crown.  A temporary crown then is placed on your tooth until your new crown is carefully and precisely fabricated by a dental laboratory.

At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed by Dr. Anundsen to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.

How well do crowns work?

Crowns are an excellent solution for a broken or fractured tooth, decayed tooth and cosmetic enhancements. Crowns are highly durable and will last many years with proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Although the crown itself will not decay, decay can start where the edge of the crown joins the tooth. So it's very important to keep this area as clean as your other teeth.