Dental Crown

A dental crown is a cap that covers a damaged tooth. The crown makes the tooth stronger and also improves how the teeth look.

  • Call Your Dentist

    Call your dentist if:

    • The temporary or permanent crown becomes damaged or falls out
    • You have pain or sensitivity around the new crown
    • You have an allergic reaction to the material in the crown

    If you have an emergency, get medical care right away.

  • Definition

    A dental crown is a cap that covers a damaged tooth. The crown makes the tooth stronger and also improves how the teeth look.

  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure


    A dental crown may be needed if your tooth is broken,
    decayed
    , worn down, or severely discolored. Crowns are also used to:


    • Support teeth after a filling,
      dental implant, or dental bridge has been placed

    • Protect the tooth after a
      root canal
    • Treat chewing problems
    Tooth Decay
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  • Possible Complications

    Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your dentist will review potential problems, like:

    • Allergic reaction to the materials in the crown or the local anesthesia
    • The need for additional procedures if the crown becomes chipped or loose
    • Damage to the tooth's nerve—root canal may be needed
    • Decay of the crowned tooth if bacteria gets into the tooth
    • Sensitive teeth, especially when consuming something hot or cold
    • Dark line on the gum where the crown is placed if a metal crown is used

    Talk to your dentist about these risks before the procedure.