What is a crown?

A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that fits over the remaining natural tooth structure and protects the tooth.  While crowns may be all metal, those we place are usually all ceramic or, in some instances, porcelain fused to metal. Crowns placed at Brooklyn Dental Studio are matched exactly to your smiles shape and color. Also, both types of crowns are extremely durable and enable you to chew and bite without fear of chipping or breaking the tooth.

When is a crown required?

A crown is indicated:

  • When large dental decay is present and the decay is too extensive to repair with a composite (filling).
  • After root canal treatment on a tooth.  Crowns are used to support the remaining tooth structure after root canal.
  • For cosmetics to correct misshapen teeth.

How it’s Done

Typically, a crown involves two appointments.  During the first appointment, the tooth is numbed and all decay is removed.  The remaining tooth structure is prepared, enabling the crown to fit precisely on top of the natural tooth.  A temporary crown will be placed and the patient will return for a second appointment in which the permanent crown, which was fabricated in a laboratory will be placed.  The crown will fit snugly over the remaining natural tooth.  Your dentist will check to insure the crown fits exactly over the tooth, and that the bite is correct and comfortable.

Benefits of Early Treatment

If a crown is required to correct dental decay, early treatment is important.  Dental decay (cavities) can grow, causing further disruption of natural tooth structure.  Furthermore, if decay reaches the pulp of a tooth sensitivity or pain may develop and a root canal may be required to adequately treat the tooth.   In some cases, extensive decay may require the tooth to be extracted.   Hence early treatment is important because:

  • The more natural tooth structure that can be left in tact, the better the future prognosis of the tooth.
  • Delaying treatment may lead to additional procedures, increasing the financial investment required to save a tooth

If a tooth has had a root canal, it is important the crown is placed soon after.  A tooth with root canal will be easier to fracture or break without a crown.