Fillings are usually the best way to repair a damaged tooth, but not always. There may be some instances where a crown or “cap” is the best treatment option for you. A crown may be needed for a variety of reasons. It may be used to restore a tooth when it is unable to support a large filling, attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from fracturing, conceal badly shaped or discolored teeth or even cover up a dental implant. A crown permanently covers a tooth to restore it to its natural shape and size. Tooth crowns are made out of materials such as stainless steel, gold, porcelain, resin or ceramic. Fitting a crown will generally require at least two visits to our office.
Crowns & Implants
When you lose a tooth, a dental implant may be needed to replace the tooth root and crown. Dental implants are simply “anchors” that permanently support replacement teeth. They are secure and durable and can be cleaned and cared for much like your natural teeth. The procedure requires a titanium root be fitted into your jaw to replace the lost tooth’s root. Once the implant is anchored into the bone, the bone around the implant requires six weeks to six months of healing. Once the bone has healed, a support post and replacement tooth is anchored onto the implant.