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Crowns (Caps)

A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size.  A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

There are several types of crowns and each has advantages and drawbacks.  Dr. Amstadt will explain the advantages of each and help you decide which is the best for you.  Porcelain (tooth colored) crowns or porcelain fused to metal are the most popular.  These are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting smile. 

Reasons for crowns:

  • Broken or fractured teeth.
  • Cosmetic enhancement.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Fractured fillings.
  • Large fillings.
  • Tooth has a root canal.

What does getting a crown involve?

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments.  Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown.  A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two  to three weeks until your new crown is fabricated by our laboratory technician.

While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown.  Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.

At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.

You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.





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Trudy Amstadt, DDS
Email: drtrudy@att.net
Phone: 216.595.1420
Fax: 216.595.0339
Url:
3690 Orange Pl. Ste. 525
Beachwood, OH 44122