Teeth are often restored using plastic (composite) or porcelain (ceramic) materials. However, when too much of a tooth’s structure has been worn away (by decay, a fracture, an injury, or large filling), a crown or “cap” may be needed. A crown may be needed to

  • Restore a tooth when it is unable to support any type of filling
  • Support other dental work
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing or to restore a fractured tooth
  • Cover badly-shaped or discolored teeth
  • Replace missing teeth with the help of dental implants

A crown essentially covers 360 degrees of a tooth to restore it to its original natural shape and size. This permanent restoration fits over your original tooth to strengthen or improve the appearance of the tooth. The crown procedure can generally take two visits, however it really depends on a case-by-case basis.

To determine if your tooth needs a crown please visit our holistic dental office.



  1. Hi, I have a root canal on T26. It is over 15 years old and does not give me any trouble (that I know of!) T27 & 28 are missing. My previous dentist put a filling over the dentine about 5 yrs ago and this has broken off. The revealed dentine is now well sealed after using MMS to sterilize it. However, I believe I need something to seal the dentine & support the upper tooth for chewing. Rather than a filling which he says may break, my new dentist wants to fit a crown onto this root canal tooth and I am unsure about this. Would I be better to get a implant (ceramic. What is the cost difference?
    Thanks marie.

  2. I had a cracked tooth and my dentist decided on a crown. No problems with the temporary and went back in for the final crown fitting. The hygienist was extremely rough during the fitting (over 1 hours)causing so much pain I had to get a shot to numb it. The pain was so bad for 3 days after and was constant. It has gotten better since, but it’s been 4 weeks, my bite has been adjusted three times and I still can’t eat on that side without problems. The constant pain is gone though, but it’s definitely not right. Ideas on what’s going on and what I can do?

  3. Michael Pruitt Says: April 20, 2015 at 11:18 am

    I have 6 crowns on my upper front teeth, 30 years in place, and now my gums are receding. Looking for non toxic non metal crowns, or onlays but cannot seem to find a biocompatible dentist in the NW. Any ideas?

    • Not sure where you are in the NW, but it’s not a long trip down to San Diego. We would be happy to see you.

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