What is a Dental Crown?


Dental crowns are permanent devices that fill gaps left by missing or damaged teeth.  Colson Dental Group in Raleigh offers a variety of crown technologies based on your needs, preferences, body chemistry and financial means.


When do I need a Dental Crown?


You may need a crown for the following reasons:

  • Your cavity has become so large that a filling is not an option
  • Need to cover a dental implant
  • Your tooth has cracked
  • Your teeth have become weakened due to some form of damage
  • Your tooth has become worn down
  • Have had a root canal procedure and need to protect the restored tooth
  • Want to improve your small due to a discolored or misshapen tooth
  • Have missing teeth that require a bridge


What is a crown made from?

Crowns are made from metal alloys, ceramic, composite resin, porcelain or some combination of these materials.  Dr. Colson will help you select the best type of crown for your specific dental problem and budget. Dr. Colson wants your tooth to look natural so he will match your crown to your natural tooth color.  

Is a Crown the Same as a Cap?

Essentially a Crown and a Cap are the same things.  Its a cover for your tooth that gives you back your normal shape, size, and function.  Crowns can serve as both a cosmetic and practical device.


What is the procedure like?

You will normally require two dentist visits to complete your crown placement.

  • Dr. Colson Prepares the tooth
    • Removal of the outer portion where the crown will be placed
    • Structural improvements to support the crown when needed
  • Make an impression
    • This gives an exact model for the crown and ensures that you will have a good fit
  • You’ll get a temporary crown to wear.  Crowns are made by hand and should be ready in two weeks.  Please note your teeth may be sensitive to temperature. You should also avoid sticky foods, chewing ice, and chewing gum.
  • Your crown gets made using the impression
  • On your second visit, the crown will be placed in your mouth and adjustments will be made.  The crown is then cemented into place for a permanent attachment.


Does a Crown need special care?


Crowns can be damaged but there are some easy steps you can take to ensure years of reliable service and a great smile:


  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss one time a day
  • Avoid chewing hard foods, hard candy, and ice
  • Do not chew on hard non-food items
  • See your dentist twice a year for an examination and cleaning