Dental 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. At Wake Dental Care, we work with the latest in technology and a high quality lab to ensure you receive the best crown possible. 

Although there are several types of crowns, ceramic (tooth colored crowns) are the most popular.  They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced.  Ceramic crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, beautiful smile.

Wake Dental Care may recommend a dental crown for a number of reasons:

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

What does getting a crown involve?

When a tooth is crowned in our office, it 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, giving our lab the time to make you a high quality, permanent restoration.

While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface for proper fit of the new 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 cemented to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.

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