A crown is a covering that will wrap and protect the entire surface of a tooth, allowing it to look and function just like the original tooth. Crowns work to strengthen the tooth while protecting the existing structure, extending the life of the tooth longer than it would be with a filling or another restoration.
Reasons for Choosing a Dental Crown
Dental crowns can correct a variety of problems that you might be experiencing with your teeth:
Types of Dental Crowns
There are three main types of dental crowns available, and we'll help you choose the right one for your mouth:
The Dental Crown Procedure
If you will be getting a dental crown, you can plan on having two appointments to complete the process. At your first visit, the tooth will be prepared by removing decay and old filling, a new fresh composite buildup will be placed, and the surface of crown will be prepped. We will then take an impression of your tooth so your custom crown can be created. You will wear a temporary crown while your custom crown is being made at the lab.
At your follow-up appointment, we will take off the temporary crown, and we will place the custom crown. We will ensure proper bite, spacing, and fit of the new crown with an x-ray. Upon your approval of the color, the crown will be permanently cemented.
After your appointment, we'll encourage you to follow up with us regularly. While proper oral hygiene is essential, you'll also need regular dental care to ensure that your crown is in the best possible shape.