22:02 06 December in Patient Education

Dental crowns, also known as “caps,” preserve the functionality of damaged teeth. A dental crown may be used to protect a cracked tooth, restore functionality of a tooth with excessive decay or replace a pre-existing crown. The purpose of a dental crown is to encase a needy tooth with a custom-designed material. Raleigh dentist, Dr. Nicole LeCann, offers a variety of conservative treatment options through which to restore teeth. If possible, these options should be explored and discussed before selecting the full coverage crown.

How a Crown is Prepared and Delivered

Before Crown
This tooth has a worn filling with decay and broken cusp.

Crown Placement
The crown is positioned over the prepared tooth.

After Crown Placement
The crown is cemented in place after you are satisfied with how it feels.

Dental Crowns Consultation and Treatment Planning

If tooth decay or damage is so extensive that veneers, direct composite bonding or other conservative treatments aren’t viable treatment options — or if you have undergone root canal therapy — your dentist will consult with you about dental crowns. Whether used to restore a damaged tooth or to create a lifelike tooth replacement for an implant, crowns can be fabricated in dental laboratories or in your dentist’s office, depending on the crown material.