A crown is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other restorative treatments.Of all the crown types, porcelain (tooth colored) crowns are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
REASONS FOR CROWNS:
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Large fillings
- Fractured fillings
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Tooth has a root canal
WHAT DOES GETTING A CROWN INVOLVE?
A crown procedure typically requires 2 appointments. Your first appointment will involve taking highly accurate impressions that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for around 2 weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once complete, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.