Treat your broken teeth like royalty – with a crown!
Crowns and bridges help preserve your teeth that are so worn or damaged that they cannot support normal use anymore. A crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size and function. The purpose of a crown is to make the tooth stronger or improve the way it looks.
Full Coverage Crowns
A crown is a cover or "cap" that covers the entire outer surface of your tooth. Crowns can be made of gold, porcelain or a porcelain/metal combo. We at VSP Dental prefer full porcelain crowns because they look natural (they’re custom-matched to the color of your tooth) and provide long-lasting strength.
Fixed Dental Bridges
Bridges are used to replace two or more missing teeth. They are supported at both ends by crowns on the healthy teeth. A bridge also helps to restore your bite and helps keep the natural shape of your face.
A missing tooth is a serious matter. Teeth are made to work together. When you lose a tooth, the nearby teeth may tilt or drift into the empty space. The teeth in the opposite jaw may also shift up or down toward the space. This can affect your bite and place more stress on your teeth and jaw joints, possibly causing pain.
Teeth that have tipped or drifted are also harder to clean. This puts them at a higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
When a tooth is missing, the bone may shrink. If that happens, it may change the way the jawbone supports the lips and cheeks. Over time, this can make your face look older.
Why do I need a crown?
You may need a crown if you:
have a cavity that is too large for a filling
have a missing tooth and need a bridge
need to cover a dental implant
have a tooth that is cracked, worn down or otherwise weakened
have had root canal treatment—the crown will protect the restored tooth
want to cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth and improve your smile!
How is a crown placed?
The dentist prepares the tooth by removing its outer portion so the crown will fit. Any decay is also removed. If additional tooth structure is needed to support the crown, the dentist may build up the core of the tooth.
A 3D scan is taken to provide an exact model for the crown.
You will get a temporary crown while you wait for the permanent crown to be ready—usually the same day. While you have the temporary crown, this tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold. Also, avoid chewing gum or sticky foods during this time.
The dentist or a laboratory technician then uses the model to help make the crown.
When the new crown is ready, the dentist places it in your mouth and makes the necessary adjustments. When you and your dentist are satisfied with how it looks and feels, the crown is cemented in place.