What are dental crowns?

A dental crown is most commonly referred to as a "cap". A dental crown covers all visible surfaces of a tooth and has many functions and reasons for its placement.

A crown is placed on a tooth when added strength is needed. Cracks, large broken down fillings, extensive dental caries, or previous root canal treatment are all conditions where a crown is the standard of care. Large cracks or broken down fillings can lead to more extensive treatment if a crown is not completed in an early stage, if a portion of the tooth breaks off completely a root canal or extraction may be needed depending on the extent of the break either into the pulp or under the gingival tissue at the bone level. 

There are several types of crowns, made of different materials available at Piney Creek Family Dentistry. All vary in their material, appearance and functionality. Commonly used materials include Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM), Full Gold- cast restoration, and All Ceramic crowns. To accurately determine which type of crown is best for a patient, you must first know why you need a crown and in what area of the mouth a crown is needed. The choice of what type of crown that best suits the situation can be discussed by Dr Tiffany Fritz.

Getting a crown typically takes two appointments. The first appointment is needed for the preparation of the tooth, impression and fabrication of a temporary crown. The impressions are sent to a local lab where it generally takes 2 weeks for the fabrication of the crown. The second appointment is to deliver the crown, making sure the fit is ideal and cementing in place.

If you have any questions regarding what a dental crown is or types of material, please contact our office and we can discuss this further. We look forward to taking care of your dental needs!

~Dr Tiffany Fritz and Piney Creek Family Dentistry Team