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There's more than one way to fix a smile

Chipped, cracked, or broken tooth? A crown can save it!

A dental crown surrounds and covers a damaged tooth like a snuggly cap (some people call them caps, but crown sounds fancier, right?) A well done crown can permanently protect a hurt tooth and give you a near-perfect smile.

Missing a tooth? A bridge can cover the gap.

If you have a missing tooth, a bridge can get you smiling again. A bridge is basically two dental crowns connected by lab-made tooth that stands in for your missing one. The crowns cap the teeth on either side of your missing tooth and the center tooth bridges the gap in your smile.

Implants replace your tooth, roots and all

With an implant, an oral surgeon places a titanium post into the bone of your jaw. Your bone grows around the post, holding it tight like real tooth. When the bone is healed and strong, we place a crown on it that looks, feels and chews just like a real tooth.

Talk to your dentist, they will help you decide the best choice for you. 


How your dentist crowns a tooth, step-by-step

First: We make sure the tooth is healthy enough to crown

Crowns are permanent. Putting a crown on a sick tooth is like building a house on a broken foundation. Before we even think about putting on a crown, we have to make sure the tooth can support it.

  • We use X-Rays to assess decay
  • If the tooth shows signs of an infection, we will have you work with one of our specialists for evaluation

Second: We prep the tooth

Your new crown will be the same size as the tooth it covers, which means we need to remove some of your existing tooth so the crown can fit. Your dentist will numb the area around the tooth and then shape the tooth into the right size for a permanent crown. If you’re getting a bridge, we’ll prep the teeth on either side of your missing tooth.

Third: Impressions!

Your dentist will take an impression of your upper and lower teeth so that the crown fits your smile. 

Fourth: Color matching

Your teeth are unique to you, especially their color and how they handle light. Creating a crown that matches the natural look of your teeth is important.

Fifth: A temporary crown

While your permanent crown is being made, your dentist will fit a temporary, resin crown over your tooth.

Sixth: Final fitting

When your permanent crown is ready, your dentist will check it for fit and appearance. Once it is in place, your dentist will check your bite and make final adjustments.

Last: Enjoy that new smile!

The average lifespan of a crown is about 10 years, but well-cared for crowns can last a lifetime. If you get a crown, prepare to smile on for years to come.