What is a dental crown?

Many people refer to a dental crown as a “Cap.” A dental crown is a lab-fabricated unit that fits over the tooth and keeps it safe.

How long does a crown take?

A crown is completed in two visits. During the first visit we prepare the tooth and take an impression. The impression is sent to the lab where the permanent crown is fabricated. During the second visit, 2-3 weeks later, we insert the final crown. In the meantime a comfortable, temporary crown is placed on your tooth to keep it safe between visits. A crown looks and feels just like natural tooth.

What is the difference between a crown and a filling?

A simple way to think about it is that a filling literally fills into a hole in the tooth while a crown (sometimes referred to as a “cap”) fits over the entire tooth.