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What Are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is a durable protective cap that covers a tooth around all sides. It’s similar to a veneer in that it is custom-made to fit your tooth from impressions that we take of your teeth and after trimming down your enamel, we bond it to your tooth.

However, veneers are purely cosmetic shells that only cover the front side of the tooth enamel. A dental crown is much more durable and versatile, as it can be used for both restorative and cosmetic reasons.

A crown doesn’t just cover the front side of a tooth – it wraps around the entire tooth, encapsulating it from above. Crowns protect teeth from breakage and strengthen the tooth so they can withstand chewing forces. It can also be used to cover cosmetic problems in a particular tooth.

How It Works: The Dental Crown Process


Dr. Dorsey will examine your teeth to look for signs of oral health problems. If any tooth decay is detected, this will need to be removed before you can receive dental crowns. After assessing the condition of your teeth, he will be able to tell you if you’re a suitable candidate for a dental crown.


This is a procedure that is used to trim tooth enamel. A handheld file or drill is used to file down the tooth around all sides and shape it in preparation for a crown to be placed on top of the tooth. This creates space for the crown to act as a cap that forms a seal around the tooth. This is done under an anesthetic so you don’t feel any discomfort.


After preparing your tooth, impressions will be taken and sent to a dental lab. They will use these impressions to create a customized dental crown that blends in with your natural teeth in size, shape, and shade.


It takes an average of 2 to 3 weeks for a dental lab to fabricate your dental crown. To protect your tooth and restore your smile while you wait, a temporary crown will be bonded to your tooth until your next appointment.


Dr. Dorsey will call you back to the office once we have your official dental crown. After removing the temporary cap, we will check the fit and appearance of your crown and cement it to your tooth.

Types of Dental Crowns

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Lab-Made Crowns

A lab-made dental crown is a tailor-made durable cap that is bonded to a tooth to provide strength and protection when a tooth has been damaged, decayed, or weakened. After taking impressions of your tooth, the dental lab creates a crown based on the precise measurements and alignment of your bite to fabricate a crown that fits perfectly over your tooth.

Lab-made crowns can be made out of versatile materials such as metal, zirconia, porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. Certain materials are ideal for aesthetic purposes such as porcelain in the front teeth or to cover up aesthetic imperfections, while metal and zirconia crowns are more durable and have longer lifespans.

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Why Would I Need a Dental Crown?

If you have a large cavity or received a root canal, your tooth has lost some of its structural integrity and strength. This puts it at high risk for damage. If you already have chips, cracks, or a broken tooth, then a crown will prevent further breakage or hold a broken tooth together to prevent extraction.

Some teeth may also be severely worn down or eroded from teeth grinding or chewing on objects. Crowns can be used to cover up misshapen, cracked, or discolored teeth to improve their appearance. Crowns are also used in dental bridges and dental implants as restorations that anchor or complete the tooth replacement.

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