The terms dental crowns and caps are synonymous. When a tooth has significant decay, fracture(s), or damage to the underlying tooth structure crowning the tooth is an ideal choice. The good news is that crowns are esthetically designed to look and feel like “real teeth.” Care must be taken to maintain the integrity of the crown as well as the natural tooth structure underneath the crown. Yearly fluoride treatments may be advised as well as essential maintenance at home with proper brushing and flossing every day.
Crowning procedure involves two appointments: one to prepare the tooth and place a temporary crown and a second visit to place the permanent crown. Crowns are available in three options: all porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and all metal.