A crown (or cap) 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 types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they will eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
Reasons for crowns:
- – Broken or Fractured Teeth
- – Cosmetic Enhancement
- – Decayed Teeth
- – Fractured Fillings
- – Large Fillings
- – Tooth has a Root Canal
What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
While the tooth in numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, you 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.
Using the CEREC equipment, we can now complete a color-matched ceramic tooth restoration – filling, crown or veneer – in a single visit. This technology uses bio-compatible, tooth-colored material, so your dentition won’t be discolored by silver-colored fillings. Click here to learn more.