More About Crowns
A crown – also known as a cap – is a custom-made artificial restoration that permanently covers your teeth. It restores the appearance, function and shape of your teeth. Often made of porcelain, dental crowns act as a durable solution for tooth decay, cracks and discolorations.
Dental crowns are a long-term option for treating dental health issues as they can last for up to 15 years. They protect your teeth from further damage if you are experiencing tooth decay. They also support your teeth and healing process if you have recently had a root canal or dental implant procedure.
When you have chipped or cracked teeth, dental crowns will be placed over your tooth to visibly and physically revitalize your smile. Getting a crown when you need one will restore and often completely save your tooth’s shape, size and strength.
While there are different types of dental crowns, most of our patients choose a porcelain-finished crown because of its ability to blend right in with their existing smile.
If you are experiencing tooth decay or damage, contact us to create a treatment plan for you.
The process of crowning or capping a tooth will usually take about two to three dental visits. During the first visit, your tooth is prepared to be capped with its new crown. First, it is reshaped to fit inside the new covering, and for this, a tooth must usually be reduced in size to provide room for a crown. This will require some drilling to give the tooth an even shape. The tooth and its surrounding area will be numbed in advance. If there is very little remaining of the tooth's structure, it may have to be padded up with a filling material. After the tooth is suitably prepared, impressions of your teeth are taken, either digitally or with reliable, putty-like impression materials, and sent to a special dental laboratory to create a custom-designed crown. With the help of these impressions, models of your teeth are made to create a crown. The models will serve as guides to the highly skilled lab technicians, who will ensure that your new crown is designed to enhance your smile and function well within your bite.
In some cases, before you leave the clinic, a temporary crown will be secured to your tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready. At the second visit, your permanent crown will be attached to your tooth with either a resin that hardens when exposed to a particular light source or a type of permanent cement.
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