Fixing "Cavity Bugs"
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.

Although there are several types of crowns, stainless steel crowns (SSC) are the most popular in children's dentistry.  They are highly durable and will last many years, until the tooth exfoliates.  Ceramic crowns are used to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.

If an anterior tooth needs a crown, a tooth colored composite crown is placed.  It will mimic the shape and color of the natural teeth.

Reasons for crowns:

  • Broken or fractured teeth.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Fractured fillings.
  • Large fillings.
  • Tooth has a pulpotomy.
What does getting a crown involve?

While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown.  Once these details are accomplished, your crown will be placed with cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.