Crowns, also known as “Caps”, are considered a “full coverage” restoration and may be recommended for several reasons.
Crowns are like tooth shaped helmets that are used to hold the tooth together and protect it from cracking. Crowns are recommended for most root canaled teeth, for teeth that need or have very large fillings, or for appearance purposes to make teeth appear more esthetic.
What is a crown?
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or full gold. As the strength of the all porcelain crowns has improved, they are becoming the most common type of crown.
What is the procedure like?
The process of getting a crown generally takes 2 appointments. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the top and sides of the tooth so that there is sufficient room for the crown. 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 custom made. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown to cover the remaining tooth structure until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. The temporary crown will be removed and the permanent crown tried in. Once the dentist verifies that the crown fits and is a good color match, it will be permanently cemented in place.
How long do dental crowns last?
Crowns are durable and will usually last 10-15 years, and often much longer depending on your home care habits. 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.