Crowns / Veneers Specialist

Jane L. Dodson, DDS -  - Dentist

Bainbridge Dental Associates

Jane L. Dodson, DDS

Dentist located in Chagrin Falls, OH

Crowns, or “caps” as they are sometimes called, are one of the many restorative techniques in Dr. Jane L. Dodson’s toolbox to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted. If you have a tooth that may need a crown, go online or call the office to book your appointment with Dr. Dodson at Bainbridge Dental Associates in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Crowns / Veneers Q & A

What is the purpose of a dental crown?

A dental crown is a prosthetic tooth cover that solves a number of dental issues, both cosmetic and restorative. Dr. Dodson may recommend a dental crown to:

  • Strengthen a tooth with a large filling
  • Cover a discolored or odd-shaped tooth
  • Attach bridges
  • Prevent a weak tooth from breaking
  • Restore a tooth which is already broken
  • Cover a tooth after a root canal

How are crowns made?

Although gold and base metal alloy crowns are available, most crowns are made of either ceramic or porcelain fused to metal. The basic difference between the two is that the ceramic crown can be used for front teeth because of its ability to more closely match the surrounding teeth. Crowns that are made from porcelain fused to metal can be more durable due to the metal.

Regardless of the material used, crowns are made in a similar way. Dr. Dodson takes a mold of your tooth and has the crown milled or created in a laboratory. She files the tooth to make it smaller, then places a temporary crown over it.

After the permanent crown comes back from the lab, Dr. Dodson takes the temporary one off and replaces it with your new permanent crown, which is cemented in place. Additional adjustments may need to be made to make sure your bite is right.

Will the crown match the rest of my teeth?

Yes. Crowns are milled from a wide variety of of natural-colored materials in various shades of white which mimic the appearance of your natural teeth. Dr. Dodson takes the time to carefully match the crown color and material to your existing teeth before the crown is created.

How long will a dental crown last?

Crowns can last a lifetime, but sometimes they loosen or fall out. To extend the life of your crown, brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Don’t forget to make and keep your six-month checkups, too, so that Dr. Dodson can check all of your teeth, including any crowns.