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Of all the features that make us unique, our smiles are one of the most recognizable. For individuals with damaged, decayed, or misshapen teeth, dental crowns are a simple but effective restorative dental treatment capable of returning one or more teeth to a natural, improved look. A crown is essentially a tooth-shaped cap that’s placed over a tooth to protect it, provide support, and improve its appearance.

When you’re looking for ways to repair a damaged or misshaped tooth, crowns can help you fix the issue and return your tooth to its natural look. At the dental office of Dr. Douglas F. Smith, we give you the options of metal, resin, ceramic, or porcelain crowns to help restore function and strength to your tooth.



Much like the name suggests, crowns are a type of cap that is placed over an entire tooth. They’re typically used to encase a damaged tooth that cannot be restored with another method. Crowns help protect your tooth, return strength, and restore the shape and appearance of a natural tooth. Crowns can also be used for several other reasons as well, including:

  • Supporting a filling when you don’t have much of your natural tooth remaining
  • Protecting a tooth during a root canal
  • Protecting a weak or decayed tooth
  • Holding a bridge in place
  • Covering a dental implant
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When you choose us at Dr. Douglas F. Smith, DDS for your crown procedure, you know that you will receive the best dental care in Logan, Utah. At our dental office, the procedure for crowns will typically be done within two appointments.

During your first visit with us, we’ll examine your tooth and help you find the best course of action. Your tooth will be filed down to the correct shape needed for the crown to fit or, if you are missing much of your natural tooth, we can use a material to build up the structure. Sometimes patients need a root canal before receiving a crown. We’ll take an impression of your tooth during the first appointment so that a custom crown can be made, and we’ll also fit you with a temporary crown until your next visit.

During your second visit, we will remove the temporary crown and replace it with a permanent crown.

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No. At Dr. Douglas F. Smith, DDS, we use anesthesia and numbing agents during the crown procedure to make it as pain-free as possible. Sometimes, there can be some discomfort or sensitivity immediately after the procedure, but it should not last.

Yes, crowns can sometimes chip, become loose, or even fall off. If any of these happen, make an appointment with us to fix your crown as soon as possible.

Crowns can last anywhere from five to 15 years, which often depends on your dental hygiene and habits like grinding your teeth or biting fingernails.

To care for your dental crown, you should practice good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings. You should also avoid biting down on hard objects or using your teeth as tools, as this can damage your crown.

Dental crowns can be made of various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal, or a combination of materials. The type of crown that is best for you will depend on several factors, including the location of the tooth, the amount of natural tooth structure remaining, and your personal preferences.

The cost of a dental crown procedure can vary. At the dental office of Dr. Douglas F. Smith, DDS, we accept insurance from a wide range of providers. We also work to provide affordable prices as well as multiple financing options and payment plans. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office and we can give you a personalized estimate.

Our dental team combines extensive experience and the latest technology with great customer care, so you can receive exceptional dental services in a friendly, relaxing environment. Our goal is to provide a high-quality, friendly, and affordable dental resource to our patients throughout the Logan area.



Whether you know you need a crown or suspect that your tooth has an issue, come see Dr. Smith to help you determine the issue at hand. At the dental office of Dr. Douglas F. Smith, DDS, we can help you not only find a tooth that needs repair but also recommend the best treatment, whether that be a crown or another dental procedure. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our Logan office!