A crown is a covering that will wrap and protect the entire surface of a tooth, allowing it to look and function just like the original tooth. Crowns work to strengthen the tooth while protecting the existing structure, extending the life of the tooth longer that it would be with a filling or another restoration. The all porcelain crown is one of the most aesthetically pleasing options, but it is generally only recommended for the front teeth. When placed on the rear teeth, the risk of fracture with these crowns will increase.
Reasons for Choosing a Dental Crown
Dental crowns can correct a variety of problems that you might be experiencing with your teeth:
• Fractured or broken teeth
• Severely decayed teeth
• Cosmetic imperfections
• Fractured fillings
• To protect a tooth after a root canal
The Dental Crown Procedure
If you’ll be getting a dental crown, you can plan on having two appointments to complete the process. At your first visit, the tooth will be prepared by removing decay, and the surface will be shaped so that it can fit the crown. We will use a 3D scan of your teeth so that your customized crown can be created, and you’ll likely wear a temporary restoration while we await your crown to be finished.
At your follow-up appointment, we’ll take off your temporary crown and will carefully place the permanent one into place. We’ll also ensure proper bite and spacing.
After your appointment, we’ll encourage you to follow-up with us regularly. While proper oral hygiene is essential, you’ll also need regular dental care to ensure that your crown is in the best possible shape.