A crown (or tooth cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its optimal shape and size. A crown protects a tooth that would otherwise be at risk for fracture.
Although there are several types of dental crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) is the most popular, because it resembles your natural teeth. 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 or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons for crowns:
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
- Tooth has a root canal
- Cracked tooth syndrome
What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. At your first appointment, while the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to ensure a proper fit for a crown. Once these details are accomplished, they take highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A temporary crown will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
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.