While dental fillings can provide an excellent way to repair a decayed or damaged tooth, they don’t always provide the right solution for rebuilding a strong, functional one. When too much tooth structure is compromised by dental decay, trauma, root canals, or habitual clenching and grinding, a filling just won’t do.  In these situations, a dental crown, more commonly referred to as a cap, provides a better way to restore the involved tooth's integrity, function, and appearance.

A crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" which is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth.  Aside from restoring the tooth's shape and size, a crown provides strength and improves the tooth's appearance.  Additionally, crowns are used on top of a dental implant to add function, structure and a tooth-like shape.

There are several different materials used in crowns:

  • porcelain

  • ceramic

  • zirconia

  • metal

  • composite resin

  • a combination of materials

When selecting the material for your crown, your dentist will consider factors such as:

  • your tooth’s location

  • how much of the tooth will show when you smile

  • position of your gum tissue

  • function of the tooth that needs the crown

  • how much natural tooth is remaining

  • color of the surrounding teeth

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Successful outcomes of care depend on careful treatment planning and paying close attention to a patient’s smile goals and expectations of care. Whether you need a dental crown or one of the many other services we provide, you can count on our office to explain your best options in care and to address all your questions and concerns every step of the way.

A dental crown is a full-coverage restoration that replicates the form and function of a natural tooth. It’s often recommended in the following the situations:

  • To repair and rebuild a tooth with extensive structural damage due to decay or trauma

  • To replace a large or broken filling

  • To restore a dental implant

  • To provide full coverage for the abutment teeth, serving as the supporting ends of a traditional dental bridge

  • To strengthen and protect a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy

  • To improve the look of an undersized, slightly misaligned, darkly stained, or misshapen tooth

  • To address bite discrepancies



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Years of multicolored restorations can be beautifully replaced with porcelain crowns to give a natural, much younger look.

Old, discolored, failed resin bondings. Treatment: Replaced with 8 all ceramic crowns.

Badly broken down teeth and failed ceramometal crowns were replaced by beautiful, all ceramic crowns to create a smile that enabled this patient to regain the confidence she required to succeed.

And note the attractive and natural, new color!


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Frequently asked questions

How does a crown differ from a filling?

While a dental filling is designed to replace a portion of a decayed or damaged tooth, a dental crown offers full coverage to restore the tooth’s entire outer surface. A well-fitting dental crown not only protects and strengthens the underlying tooth structure, but it also restores the tooth’s appearance and function.

What is the procedure for getting a crown?

In all cases, the tooth needs to be prepared, an impression taken, and a permanent crown cemented into place. A single all-ceramic crown can typically be fabricated over the course of two visits. However, with CAD/CAM technology, a same-day crown can be fabricated from start to finish in a single visit. With the first approach, a temporary crown is typically worn until the second visit, when the permanent restoration is placed. As with every treatment plan, our office will explain your best options in care.

What is the difference between a temporary crown & a permanent crown?

As the name implies, a temporary crown is only worn for a short time until the permanent crown is placed. A temporary crown is typically fabricated from durable tooth-colored dental acrylics. While designed to protect the underlying tooth between appointments, and until your new permanent crown gets placed, a temporary crown is also fabricated to look like a natural tooth and maintain the look of your smile.

Will my tooth feel different?

While you should feel better having an attractive and functional tooth to restore your smile, your tooth may feel a little sensitive following treatment. This initial sensitivity will subside. We take great care to make sure your new restoration looks great, fits well, and your bite is perfect. However, we’re always happy to make any minor adjustments to ensure your comfort.

Does a tooth that has had a root canal procedure need a crown?

With some exceptions, teeth with root canal procedures are typically restored and protected from further damage with a full-coverage crown. Based on what’s best for your smile, our office will recommend the most appropriate restoration to maintain the health and longevity of your tooth following a root canal procedure.

How do I take care of my new crown?

A dental crown is a long-term restoration that, if properly cared for, can serve you well for many years to come. Once your new crown is placed, it requires the same brushing, flossing, and periodic checkups as your natural teeth. Avoid biting your fingernails and chewing on hard or sticky objects such as ice, pencils, or taffy, which can damage or loosen your crown. Remember, clenching and grinding your teeth puts excessive pressure on both natural teeth and dental restorations. Unless treated, this habit can compromise the longevity and integrity of your dental work, including crowns.

Does a crown protect my tooth from cavaties and gum disease?

Although your new all-ceramic crown restores the tooth's strength, form, and function, you can still develop dental disease in the absence of proper care. To prevent gum disease and tooth decay, it’s essential to brush and floss as instructed and see our office for routine checkups, cleanings, and care.

How long does a crown last?

How long a dental crown lasts depends on various factors, including your level of oral care, diet, and oral habits. While the standard answer is that dental crowns can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years, existing literature confirms that most dental crowns remain in place at 15 to 20 years.

How much do dental crowns cost?

At the office of The Star Dental Group, we strive to provide the highest quality of care to address all your dental needs. Once we’ve had the opportunity to examine your smile, we can give you a clear picture of any dental issues that are present, along with a quote for how much treatment will be. The cost of dental crowns can vary a little, depending on the type of crown and its location. Our goals are to provide the highest quality of care and help patients begin treatment without additional financial stress or delay. We’re always happy to answer all your questions on dental insurance coverage, available financing, and payment plans.

Will dental insurance cover the cost of my crown?

Coverage for crowns depends on your dental insurance plan. Today, many dental plans provide some level of coverage for crowns. At the office of The Star Dental Group in Warren, NJ we work with patients to optimize their dental benefits and get the care they need to maintain healthy and beautiful smiles.