Dental crowns


A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that replaces your normal tooth above the gum line. You may need a crown to support a weak tooth or to make your tooth look better.


Getting a dental crown usually takes two dental visits.

At the first visit, the dentist will:

At the second visit, the dentist will:

Why the Procedure Is Performed

A crown can be used to:

Talk to your dentist if you need a crown. You may need a crown because you have a:


Several problems can occur with a crown:

Before the Procedure

There are several types of crowns, and each has pros and cons. Talk to your dentist about the type of crown that works best for you. The different types of crowns include:

Stainless steel crowns:

Metal crowns:

Resin crowns:

Ceramic or porcelain crowns:

Porcelain fused to metal crowns:

After the Procedure

While you have the temporary crown in place, you may need to:

Call your dentist if you:

Once the permanent crown is in place:

Outlook (Prognosis)

When you have a crown, you should be more comfortable chewing, and it should look good.

Most crowns can last at least 5 years and as long at 15 to 20 years.

Review Date: 10/14/2018
Reviewed By: Richard Port, DDS, MS, Diplomate: American Boards of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, Private Practice, Orthodontics, Vernon Hills and Gurnee, IL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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