A dental crown can be made from a variety of materials, including metal or porcelain, and is a cap for a damaged tooth. Your dentist will consider a number of factors when choosing the material for your crown, including your tooth’s location, how much of the tooth will be visible when you smile, the position of your gum tissue, the function of the tooth that needs the crown and how much natural tooth is remaining.

You may need a crown if your tooth is severely worn down, cracked or weakened. Additionally, if you have a large cavity that is too big for a filling, you may need a crown. Dentists may also recommend crowns following a root canal on a tooth because the tooth will be fragile and require protection. 

Dental Crown Procedure

Some dentists will complete a multi-day procedure, while others will opt for a same-day procedure. A multi-day procedure will include a temporary crown, and the dentist will examine and prepare the tooth that needs the crown. X-rays may be required, and they may also take a mould of your tooth beforehand. Your dentist will then file down and remove part of the outer layer of your tooth and will place the temporary crown over your tooth to protect it. Impressions will be sent to the lab that makes the crown, and this step can take a few weeks to complete. Once your permanent crown is ready, you will have to return for a second visit, during which your dentist will cement the crown to your tooth. 

If a dentist chooses a same-day procedure, you will not need a temporary crown as they will create the crown directly in the office using the digital scan from the photos they take when you arrive. Patients will have to wait a couple of hours until the crown is made, and your dentist will cement it into place once it’s ready. Same-day crowns will cost more because of the technology that is involved and the speed at which the process is completed.

Dental Crown Care Tips

  • Brush carefully. Continue brushing your teeth twice a day and use toothpaste for sensitive teeth. 
  • Floss every day to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
  • Do not eat harsh foods, as this can cause your crown to crack, especially if it is made of porcelain. 
  • Consider wearing a night guard if you clench your teeth, as this will protect your crown and surrounding teeth. 

How Long Will a Dental Crown Last?

Generally speaking, dental crowns can last between 5 and 15 years, although some crowns may last longer depending on the material, as some are sturdier than others. Gold crowns and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns tend to last the longest.

All-ceramic and all-porcelain crowns will look more natural, but are not as strong. Proper care will extend the lifespan of your dental crown. 


Are you interested in learning more about dental crowns? Tavistock Family Dentistry can help! We will discuss this option, and our dentists will determine whether this solution is right for your smile.

Whether you are looking for an emergency dentist near you in Tavistock or are in need of a routine cleaning, contact us today to schedule an appointment!