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A dental crown, or cap, is a restoration that can be used for a number of purposes. One of the most common uses of a dental crown is to restore a tooth that is significantly damaged or decayed. The crown is custom-made to fit over the entire tooth, starting at the gum line, in order to restore the tooth to its original shape and size. Dental crowns can be made of gold, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal or zirconia. Our dentist will help you determine which type of dental crown is right for your smile.

Your smile may benefit from a crown if a tooth is damaged or decayed to the point that a dental filling will not provide a successful restoration.

Crowns can also be used for a number of other restorative and aesthetic purposes, including:

  • To protect a tooth following root canal treatment

  • To anchor and attach a dental bridge

  • To cover and complete a dental implant

  • To enhance the beauty of your smile

  • To improve a misshapen tooth

  • To strengthen a tooth that is fractured or weak

  • To support a large filling when little natural tooth structure remains

To find out whether a dental crown is right for you, contact us today!

To better provide for patients’ individual needs, Rosenberg Family Dentistry offers both porcelain and KATANA Zirconia dental crowns in St. John and Great Bend, Kansas. While porcelain is commonly used to match the shape and color of teeth, KATANA crowns also blend in naturally. Often, these zirconia-made crowns are also more affordable and durable. Each crown can also be completed in our lab within two weeks of your initial visit. To learn more about Dr. Joe Rosenberg’s options for dental crowns, arrange an appointment with our dentist today!


What are dental crowns?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth -- covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance.

Why are dental crowns necessary?

A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:

  • To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth


  • To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down


  • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left


  • To hold a dental bridge in place


  • To cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth


  • To cover a dental implant

How long do dental crowns last?

On average, dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years. The life span of a crown depends on the amount of "wear and tear" the crown is exposed to, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices, and your personal mouth-related habits (you should avoid such habits as grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing ice, biting your fingernails and using your teeth to open packaging).

Do dental crowns require special care?

While a crowned tooth does not require any special care, remember that simply because a tooth is crowned does not mean the underlying tooth is protected from decay or gum disease. Therefore, continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day-especially around the crown area where the gum meets the tooth.

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