What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a synthetic cap that is placed on a tooth to restore its function and appearance following a restorative procedure. When large amounts of a tooth need to be removed due to decay, a crown can protect and enhance the tooth. Crowns are often made of porcelain, but can also be comprised of gold or porcelain fused with metal.

Dental crowns can be used to cover a tooth after a root canal, protect a cracked tooth, stabilize a dental filling, cover a dental implant, or attach a bridge. They can also serve an aesthetic purpose by restoring a natural appearance to a stained or discolored tooth.


In order to accommodate a dental crown, a tooth must usually be reduced in size. Our dentist will make a cast of the tooth to create an impression, which is sent to a special lab to manufacture a custom-made crown. We may apply a temporary crown until the permanent crown is ready to be cemented in place.

Crowns can be confused with dental veneers. Unlike veneers, which are applied to a relatively small area, crowns cover the full tooth above the gum line.

Caring for Your Dental Crown

High-quality dental crowns can last for years with proper care. Flossing around the tooth removes excess plaque and debris, keeping the area healthy.

Harmful conditions such as bruxism (grinding and clenching the teeth) will shorten the life of a dental crown. Other behaviors such as eating hard candy, brittle food, or ice may affect the adhesion of the dental crown or damage the crown itself.

To learn more about dental crowns in Gaylord, Michigan, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Harbin, please call Otsego Dental Group at (989) 448‑2664. One of our friendly and knowledgeable team members will be happy to answer any of your questions and help you find a convenient appointment time.