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.
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Decayed teeth
- Large or fractured existing fillings
- Tooth has had a root canal
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth-colored) is the most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. 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.
What does getting a crown involve?
Dental crowns 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 three weeks while your new crown is being fabricated by a dental laboratory. While the tooth is numb, Dr. Roberts or Dr. Hall 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 that 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 is accurate.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.