Crowns (Caps)

A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size.  A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

Although there are several types of crowns, Zirconia, porcelain fused to metal, and gold are the most common.  The Zirconia and porcelain fused to metal both aim to match the shape, size and color of you natural teeth.  Zirconia is usually the most recommended material for crowns.  Crowns, no matter which material, are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. 

Reasons for crowns:

  • Broken or fractured teeth.
  • Cosmetic enhancement.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Fractured fillings.
  • Large fillings.
  • Tooth has a root canal.

What does getting a crown involve?

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments.  Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown.  A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.

While the tooth is numb, Dr. Haussermann will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown.  Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.

At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.  Every now and then, Dr. Haussermann may only temporarily cement crown (for example, if the tooth has been tender or achy).  This allows the tooth additional time to heal and get used to the new crown.  If this situation occurs, the new crown will be permanently cemented at a later time.

You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.