A dental crown is a fixed prosthetic restoration that fits securely on the cap of your tooth. A crown is cemented to the remainder of the natural tooth and will function and look just like your other teeth. There are many reasons why patients may need a crown including:
- To replace a large filling
- Decay under a large filling
- Restore a cracked tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
- Cover a dental implant
A dental crown restores the tooth to its normal size, shape and function. Crowns are most commonly made from porcelain material to match the color and texture of your natural teeth.
Fair Lakes Family and Cosmetic Dentistry has a combined experience of ?? years creating natural looking and functioning dental crown restorations. There are many benefits to having a crown restoration including:
- Restore a tooth after root canal treatment
- Support a tooth that has been damaged by decay or wear and tear
- Eliminate cracks in teeth that can lead to more decay and weakness
- Improve the appearance of teeth
A crown restoration usually takes two office visits to complete.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A dental crown can be completed in as few as two office visits. The first visit will be performing the necessary steps to prepare the tooth for the final crown. The crown procedure generally consists of the following steps:
- Preparing the tooth. The dentist will remove the outer portion and surface of your tooth to make a supportive structure for the prosthetic crown. This may include removing any decay present and possibly rebuilding the foundation of the tooth base.
- Making an impression. An impression of the teeth surrounding the restoration is required to ensure the crown will fit perfectly into the normal bite and the patient achieves maximum comfort with this restoration.
- Placing a temporary crown. A temporary crown in placed over the cap of the tooth and the impression is sent to the lab to be made.
During the final office visit, your permanent crown will be polished and adjusted as needed. Then your dentist will cement the crown to the cap of your tooth. With proper care and regular visits to your dentists, your dental crown should be quite durable and long-lasting.