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What is a crown?

A crown, sometimes referred to as a “cap”, is an artificial covering cemented over an existing tooth that has been specially prepared by your dentist. Dr. Kesler may recommend a crown if your tooth is fractured has a large, old filling or is severely damaged by decay. Crowns can restore a tooth to its original shape, strengthen a tooth and improve your overall appearance. Crowning is a long-term restorative procedure and can usually be completed in two appointments. Crowns are designed to look and feel like your natural teeth.

What are the benefits of crowns?

  • Repair chipped or fractured teeth

  • Teeth can be lightened to any shade

  • Fill gaps in teeth

  • Restore and maintain your bite

  • Improve your smile and chewing ability

  • Last longer than any other type of restoration

What types of crowns are there?

  • Metal

  • Porcelain

  • Porcelain fused to metal

What happens at the crown appointments?

At the first appointment:

  • A complete oral exam, including x-rays will be done.

  • The area to be treated will be numbed.

  • The tooth will be shaped so the crown can fit over it.

  • An impression will be made of the area and a temporary crown will be placed on the tooth.

At the second appointment:

  • Any adjustment to the permanent crown will be made.

  • Your bite and chewing accuracy will be checked.

  • The color of the crown will be matched to your natural teeth.

  • The permanent crown will be cemented into place.

How do I care for my crown?


  • Brush around your crowned tooth thoroughly to remove debris

  • Floss daily

  • Ask Dr. Kesler about special cleaning aids

  • Eat a balanced diet to help maintain healthy teeth and gums

  • See Dr. Kesler and his hygienists on a regular basis to add to the life of the crowns

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