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Overview

Definition

A dental crown is a cap that covers a damaged tooth. The crown makes the tooth stronger and also improves how the teeth look.

Possible Complications

Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your dentist will review potential problems, like:

  • Allergic reaction to the materials in the crown or the local anesthesia
  • The need for additional procedures if the crown becomes chipped or loose
  • Damage to the tooth's nerve—root canal may be needed
  • Decay of the crowned tooth if bacteria gets into the tooth
  • Sensitive teeth, especially when consuming something hot or cold
  • Dark line on the gum where the crown is placed if a metal crown is used

Talk to your dentist about these risks before the procedure.

SymptomsandDiagnosis

Treatments

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.

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RESOURCES

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry http://www.aacd.com 

Mouth Heatlhy—American Dental Association http://www.mouthhealthy.org 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Academy for Esthetic Dentistry http://www.caed.ca 

Canadian Dental Association http://www.cda-adc.ca 

References

Brushing your teeth. American Dental Association Mouth Healthy website. Available at: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/b/brushing-your-teeth. Accessed February 15, 2016.

Dental crowns. Cleveland Clinic website. Available at: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments%5Fand%5Fprocedures/hic%5FDental%5FCrowns. Updated March 10, 2015. Accessed February 15, 2016.

Dental crowns. Dentists website. Available at: http://www.dentists.org/go/dental-crowns/article/dental-crowns.html. Accessed February 15, 2016..