When your tooth experiences deep decay or severe trauma, we may advise restoring the tooth through the placement of a crown, which covers the portion of a tooth located above the gum line. We recommend crowns when extensive damage prevents use of a regular composite filling or when a fracture compromises the tooth’s strength. Also called caps, crowns completely encase the visible part of your teeth to strengthen the remaining structure and protect against future damage.

The type of crown your dentist selects depends on the tooth location and extent of the damage. All-porcelain crowns blend with your natural teeth, so we often choose this option for teeth visible in the smile zone. Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) or gold crowns, however, may better support the heavy chewing and biting sustained by your back teeth.

We will place your custom restoration over two appointments. During the first visit, Dr. Jones or Dr. Harris will remove the decay, reshape the tooth, and take the impressions required for production of the permanent crown. To protect the injured tooth, he will also place a temporary crown while you wait for the dental lab to generate the final product. At the second appointment, he will check the fit of the permanent crown and then cement the restoration into place.