A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its optimal shape and size. A dental crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that can’t be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth-colored crown) are the most popular. While these are highly durable and will last many years, as with most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are matched to the shape, size, and color or your teeth. This further improves your natural, beautiful smile. With good oral hygiene and regular dental visits, porcelain crowns can last a very long time.
Reasons for crowns:
- Fractured or broken fillings.
- Large fillings.
- Tooth has had a root canal.
- Decayed teeth.
- Broken or fractured teeth.
- Cosmetic enhancement.
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 the tooth site is ready, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
On your second appointment, that temporary crown is removed. Your tooth is cleaned, and then your new crown is carefully placed, ensuring the spacing and bite are accurate.
Cerec crowns are completed in one visit. They are designed on a computer and milled while you wait.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.
If you would like to schedule an appointment, contact Capati Dental today.