A crown (or dental cap) is a dental restoration which encases the entire surface of the tooth, restoring it to its former shape and size. Crowns will strengthen and protect weak or damaged tooth structure and are placed over root canal-treated teeth for additional protection. Crowns are a great option for weak and broken teeth or teeth with fracture lines.
If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can also help you recover your smile. In cases like this, a filling or bonding will not provide enough strength or protection.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, which we will be happy to discuss with you.
The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made to fit in the spot created for it and look the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, we will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. You will again have a local anesthetic to numb the area and the tooth will be bonded in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and can last for many years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.