A Crown is used to restore a tooth to its original shape, strengthen a tooth if it has become unstable due to excessive decay or continual breakage, or improve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth or row of teeth.
Crowns are made from highly aesthetic porcelain. Crowns are a fabulous way to restore a tooth that has suffered the effects of decay or fracture and offer a protective long term solution.
Reasons for crowns:
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured or large fillings
- Tooth has a root canal
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or 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 approximately two 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 these details are accomplished, 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.