Crowns

Crowns, or dental caps, are used for both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Crowns can help enhance the visual appearance of discolored, chipped or otherwise traumatized teeth, and can also be used to rebuild teeth that have suffered decay, breaks, or other issues that have caused them to lose strength.

Unlike composite fillings, dental inlays, or dental onlays—which fill or cover only a portion of a tooth-- a crown is a type of dental restoration intended to cover the entire tooth from the gum line up.  Cemented onto your natural tooth, a crown effectively serves as your tooth’s new surface because it completely covers your natural tooth.

Crowns can be fashioned from a variety of materials including gold alloy, porcelain or ceramic, or even a combination of both! Dr. Lawton Wong can provide you with additional information on your crown options, including guidance on which type of material would work best for your crown.


 

After a Root Canal

 

After the root canal appointment, a temporary filling was placed on the tooth. In many cases, the next appointment involves building up the tooth with a harder material. Sometimes pins and posts are placed to aid in the retention of this build up material.

Teeth that have root canal treatment must be protected. Sometimes, the incisor teeth, the teeth that incise the food, will need only the protection of a filling. If an incisor is badly broken down, a crown
should be placed.

Molar or bicuspid teeth have larger surface areas and are used to grind food. Five year studies show that when crowns are placed on the back teeth, the survival rate increases dramatically over time. Shown here is a molar tooth after a root canal being prepared for a crown.

After the crown preparation stage, we make a Cerec crown in office. In the
same appointment, we try in the crown to make sure it fits well.

This is the completed crown.

 

Captek Crown

Before Crown After Crown