Crowns or Caps
A crown is used to protect damaged, cracked, broken or root canal treated teeth. It sits over the entire part of the tooth that is visible in the mouth (crown of tooth.)
To give space between the opposing teeth, the lips, cheek and tongue for the crown tooth structure is reshaped.
While we are waiting for the lab to make a custom fitting crown, a temporary crown, made in the office, is placed to protect the tooth.
Different types of crowns
Crowns are made from various materials – ceramic, ceramic fused to metal and gold. The most appropriate material is recommended for your situation.
Metal crowns are made of gold alloy. They generally last a long time and won’t chip or break. They do not wear down your opposing natural teeth. Bruxers (grinders and clenchers) benefit from this type of crown.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns look natural and are stronger than porcelain with their underlying metal alloy. They won’t chip as easily.
Porcelain or ceramic crowns look the most natural. They are more brittle than metal and may chip more easily. Opposing natural teeth wear more against them. However, when appearance is a consideration they are the material of choice.