What is a crown?

A crown is a tooth-shaped cover that strengthens, rebuilds, and improves the appearance of a broken or weakened tooth.  Crowns are used to cover teeth that have root canals or large fillings so that they don’t break in the future and need to be extracted.


Crown (Ceramic)
We make our crowns in-house with our CEREC milling machine. This means we have total control over the fit, color, and esthetics.

3-unit bridge
A 3-unit bridge is like having 3 crowns in a row, all connected. It is used to replace the missing tooth in the middle when a patient does not want or is not a candidate for an implant. Sometimes, a bridge is actually a better option when patients have a gummy smile or a thin jaw bone.

¾ Crown or Veneer
A 3/4 crown or veneer can be used to change the shape, size, and color of a tooth. It is less invasive than a crown. Patients with lots of old fillings or high decay rate are not usually a candidate for veneers, but may benefit from full coverage crowns instead.

Maryland Bridge
When a patient is missing a small tooth (like a lateral incisor), sometimes we can bone a crown onto the back of the tooth next to it. This is a minimally invasive way to replace a missing tooth. Not everyone is a candidate for a Maryland bridge.

Core Build-up
Sometimes, when a tooth is extra broken down, it needs a little help holding a crown. A core build-up is a filling done underneath the crown that helps hold the crown in place.

What are the benefits of a crown?

There are multiple benefits to crowns:

  • Crowns can prolong the life of your teeth by many years

  • Bridges can be used to replace missing teeth and help you chew more efficiently

  • Crowns can be used to change the shape, size, and color of your teeth, allowing you to freshen up your smile

  • Crowns will keep teeth from breaking after a root canal or large filling

  • Crowns can be used to help anchor partial dentures for a snugger fit

Frequently Asked Questions

The procedure is pretty quick and painless, but usually split between two appointments.  On the first appointment, we’ll prepare your tooth for the crown, take an impression, and send you home with a temporary.  Next visit, you’ll return and we’ll permanently cement your brand new crown!

No, we’ll get you numb and make sure you’re nice and comfortable.  A crown feels just like getting a filling.  Every once in a while, a tooth can become sensitive after a crown preparation and might need a root canal down the line.

A bridge is used to replace a missing tooth.  We will put crowns on the teeth adjacent to the space and connect them with a dummy tooth to make the bridge.  In other words, a bridge is at least 3 crowns (but sometimes more!) splinted together.  It will appear to be 3 individual teeth, but you cannot floss between them.

A tooth can still get a cavity underneath it if you don’t use proper hygiene.  Patients with dry mouths (oftentimes related to medication) or a high sugar diet are more prone to tooth decay.  Make sure to follow up with your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings to improve the lifespan of all of your dental work.

Additional Questions?

If you have any questions that were not addressed, please reach out to us through our contact page.

Who should consider a crown?

We’ve done crowns on hundreds of patients for many different reasons.  We will often suggest getting a crown if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • You have a back tooth with a very large filling or a small craze line visible.  Though we can’t usually predict when it will happen, these types of teeth often break catastrophically when you bite into something wrong.  Many patients prefer to avoid future issues by preventatively covering these types of teeth with crowns.

  • Almost every tooth that has had a completed root canal should receive a crown.  Root canals actually hollow out the inside of your tooth, making it more brittle.  A crown can help prolong the life of the tooth after you get a root canal.

  • If you have a collapsed bite or short teeth, we can consider putting crowns on every tooth to change your bite, appearance, and function.

  • If you are saving some teeth to hold a partial denture, we often recommend adding crowns to some of your teeth to help hold the partial denture in place more snuggly and without damaging your existing teeth.

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