Our teeth are very strong. In fact, the enamel coating them is one of the hardest substances in the human body. However, this does not mean our teeth are immune to damage. From tooth decay to trauma, our teeth can sustain damage that compromises the health of the entire smile. In order to return the tooth to full function and health, you may need a crown. How does a crown work?

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns

Question: What is a crown?

Answer: A dental crown is a restoration that we place over the visible portion of a tooth. The restoration then protects the remaining tooth structure while preventing further decay or infection from occurring. They are made from a number of different materials, depending on the location of the tooth receiving the restoration.

Question: When do I need a restoration?

Answer: We may recommend this option should a tooth become broken or chipped. They also offer cosmetic solutions for misshapen or worn down teeth. Following a root canal procedure, they are often used to complete the tooth. Finally, we may recommend one to replace a lost tooth, either by anchoring a dental bridge into place or topping a single tooth dental implant.

Question: What does the placement process involve?

Answer: First, we will prepare the tooth by removing a small amount of structure. We will the take impressions, which will be used in the design and fabrication process. Once the crown is complete, we will check the fit and place it with a powerful bonding agent.

Question: Will my restoration look natural?

Answer: Yes. In many cases, we create the restoration using ceramic material. This material mimics the natural look of tooth enamel and can withstand powerful bite forces and pressures.


Located in Brighton, MA, Brighton Family Dental Group features experienced dentists and an excellent range of in-office treatments for every member of your family who needs dental care. If you’d like to learn more, you can schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Thomas Villani or Dr. Richard Kondrat by calling our office at (617) 562-5210.