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 types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain tooth colored crowns are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. For non-aesthetic areas of the mouth, typically porcelain gold crowns are recommended. Crowns 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 to provide you a long-lasting, beautiful natural smile.
Reasons for crowns:
- Broken or Fractured Teeth
- Cosmetic Enhancement
- Decayed Teeth
- Fractured Fillings
- Large Fillings
- Tooth has a Root Canal
Porcelain crown procedure:
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment includes taking several highly accurate molds or impressions used to create your custom crown. A mold is also 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, it will be prepared by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite checked.
At your second visit, your temporary crown is removed, the tooth is cleaned, and your new crown is carefully cemented ensuring the spacing and bite are accurate.
You will be provided home-care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.