A crown or cap refers to a covering that covers the entire surface of the tooth and restores it to its original size and shape. A crown helps to strengthen and protect tooth structured that fillings or other restoration types cannot restore.
While there are numerous types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) tends to have the most popularity. They have high durability and can last many years, but you may need to replace them someday just like many other dental restorations. Porcelain crowns are designed to match the color, size, and shape of your teeth, resulting in a beautiful, long-lasting smile.
Reasons for crowns:
- Decayed teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Large fillings
- Tooth has a root canal
- Fractured fillings
- Fractured or broken teeth
What does getting a crown involve?
A crown can be placed over two appointments. On your first appointment, you will take lots of accurate impressions that will be used in creating your custom crown. A temporary crown will be created and placed on your tooth for around two weeks until your new crown is produced by a dental lab.
With the tooth numb, the dentist removes any decay and shapes the surface of the crown to fit the crown perfectly. Your temporary crown will then be placed using temporary cement, and your bite will be examined to ensure that everything is okay.
During your second appointment, the dentist removes your temporary crown. The tooth is cleaned, and your new crown will be placed carefully to ensure that bite and spacing are accurate.
You will get care instructions and encouraged to make regular visits to the dental clinic to check your new crown.