A crown or cap refers to the covering on the entire surface of the tooth, which restores it to its original size and shape. A crown is used to strengthen tooth structure that fillings and other restorations cannot restore.
While there seem to be several types of crowns, the most popular are porcelain (tooth colored crown). They have high durability and are capable of lasting many years. However, just like other restorations, they may eventually require a replacement. Porcelain crowns are designed to match the color, size, and shape of your teeth, allowing you to have a beautiful and long-lasting smile.
Reasons for crowns:
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Large fillings
- Fractured fillings
- Presence of a root canal in the tooth
What does getting a crown involve?
A crown can be fixed over two appointments. During your first appointment, you will be required to take several acute impressions that will be used in creating your custom crown. A temporary crown will be made, which you will wear for about two weeks while your new crown is being produced by a dental laboratory.
The dentist renders the tooth numb and then prepares the tooth by getting rid of decay and reshaping the surface to fit the crown. Your temporary crown is then placed using temporary cement and your biting is examined to ensure that everything is okay.
Your temporary crown is removed at your second appointment, the tooth is cleaned, and your new crown is accurately placed.
Aside from getting care instructions, you will also be advised to visit the dentist regularly to have your new crown checked.