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 may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.
A crown is not only the strongest procedure available for repairing a damaged or seriously decayed tooth it is an opportunity to completely restore a tooth to its natural attractive state. Because it encases the entire tooth, placement of a crown gives us a lot of control in improving the appearance of teeth. Dental crowns provide the same sort of major cosmetic changes that porcelain veneers can make, but over the entire surface of the tooth.
A crown will restore the original beauty of a tooth that is broken, chipped, worn down, discolored, or misshapen. It restores strength and beauty to a tooth - the cosmetically perfect combination.
Reasons for crowns: 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 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.