A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular. They are 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 to your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include impressions that will be used to create your custom crown. An impression will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately up to two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth for removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished an impression is taken and your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement. 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 fit and bite is accurate.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.
Reasons for Crowns:
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
- Tooth has a root canal
- Cosmetic enhancement
These procedures may vary on each patient depending on the circumstance of one's tooth.
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