A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular. They are durable and will last many years, but they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.
Another common type of crown is gold. Gold crowns are highly durable and will last many years, but they may eventually need to be replaced. Gold crowns are made to match the shape and size of the original tooth, and they are better for chewing than porcelain crowns. However since they are not tooth-colored, they will be more easily noticed if the tooth is already visible when you smile or talk.
Reasons for crowns:
What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments.
First Appointment: This appointment includes preparing the tooth to hold the new crown, taking a highly accurate mold (or impression) that will be used to create your custom crown, and creating a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory. While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
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.