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West Hill Family Dental Crowns & Caps

A crown is basically a tooth-shaped cover placed over a tooth that is badly damaged or decayed. It’s also referred to as a cap. Crowns are a restorative dentistry treatment that are placed when a tooth is so damaged or badly broken that a filling won’t be strong enough to protect the tooth from fracture. They can also be used to changes the position of a misaligned tooth.

Dental Crown Anatomy

Dental crowns are made to order in a dental lab. Crowns can be made of:

  • Ceramic
  • Zirconia
  • Metal
  • Porcelain fused to metal (PFM)
  • Porcelain fused to zirconia

Metal materials can include gold alloy, other alloys (palladium) or a base-metal alloy like nickel or chromium. Each material has its advantages.  Dr. Hemphill will choose the best material to meet the needs of your teeth.

Teeth before and after dental restorative treatment

Dental Crown Procedure

Happy senior couple with perfect smiles.

What if My Crown Falls Out?

Crowns sometimes fall out. It’s usually caused by recurrent decay causing the crown to loosen over time and ultimately dislodge. The crown can also fall off because of washed-out cement due to an improper fit. If your crown falls off, place the crown in a secure plastic bag and bring it to the dental office. Most of the time a new crown will need to be made, but the old crown can be used as a temporary. If you are in no pain and your appearance is not affected do not put the crown back into your mouth. Make sure to call the office and come see Dr. Hemphill as soon as possible. If the crown fit is good and the tooth looks good without any decay present, Dr. Hemphill will dry off your tooth and re-cement the crown in place.

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