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Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth.

Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.

Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.


A tooth must usually be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. Our office provides the opportunity for your crown to be made and cemented in our office in just one visit! This procedure is performed by scans taken of your mouth with the latest CAD-CAM Technology. The Scanner we use communicates to our Mill, which will create your crown before your eyes. Once your crown has been milled, it is placed in a furnace that glazes and finalizes your custom fit crown. Once this process is complete, we cement your crown and guess what that means? No more temporaries!

In some instances, when a tooth is symptomatic, a temporary crown may be placed to monitor symptoms in which case we have the ability to mill a temporary crown in our office as well.

Crowns are sometimes confused with veneers, but they are quite different. Veneers are typically applied only to relatively small areas.

Caring For Your Crowns

With proper care, a good quality crown could last up to eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.

Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.

Dr. Chad Conlin
112 N. Monroe St., Suite 2
Rockford, MI 49341
(616) 866-4445