Crowns (Caps)

A crown is a restoration that covers, or "caps", a tooth to restore normal shape and size, while strengthening and improving the appearance of the tooth. There are several types of crowns including full gold, porcelain fused to metal (PFM) and all-porcelain crowns.  A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size.  Dr. Mahlin recommends crowns to protect and strengthen tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.  Crowns are necessary when a tooth is generally broken down and fillings will not solve the problem. If a tooth is cracked, a crown will hold the tooth together to seal the cracks. Crowns are also used to reinforce a large filling when there is not enough tooth structure remaining, protect weak teeth from fracturing, restore already fractured teeth, or cover badly shaped or discolored teeth.


To prevent damaging or fracturing crowns, avoid chewing hard objects including ice, hard candies, un-popped kernels of popcorn, etc. Chewing any hard object that could damage a natural tooth could unfortunately damage a crown. In addition to having regular dental check-ups and brushing at least twice each day and after every meal when possible, flossing between your teeth is crucial to proper care. Removing plaque from the crown where the gum meets the tooth will reduce the chances of developing decay and gum disease.

If you have any questions regarding crowns, Dr. Mahlin would be happy to discuss them with you.


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Everyone at the practice is super friendly, starting from the front desk to Dr. Mahlin. I normally get the first appointment in the morning and I have never had to wait. I have been going to them for probably 20 years and have never had an issue that isn't promptly resolved. Last time I had my crown done, Dr. Mahlin even gave me his mobile number in case of an issue. I'll definitely recommend them.

Sanjiv Bhatia

Dr. Mahlin and his staff are absolutely wonderful! His bedside manner is among the best, if not the best, when it comes to compassionate, patient-centered care. He even called me after I had a new crown placed just to see how I was doing. He's thoughtful, gentle (both as a person and as a dentist), and most importantly is excellent at dentistry! His staff couldn't be friendlier or more accomodating and I have never had a long wait in the waiting room. I would give him 10 stars if this rating scale allowed it!

Gregory Polites

Kim, my hygienist, is the best, she has a passion for insuring she does her best to ensure patient comfort and that I will leave with the cleanest teeth and gums as well as a plan for addressing potential issues! Dr. Mahlin is very professional in his final inspection and verification of any of Kim's findings while performing the cleaning. An added bonus that Dr. Mahlin provides is a follow up call in the evening to ensure that your experience that day for treatment has gone as expected and there aren't any abnormalities. Very Caring person!

John Helbing

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