A crown (or cap) covers the entire tooth restoring it to its original shape and size. Crowns protect and strengthen a tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
There are several types of crowns. The most popular type of crown is the porcelain (tooth colored crown), because they most resemble your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns are highly durable and last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Crowns are made to match the color, shape and size of your teeth giving you a long-lasting beautiful smile.
Crown procedures are usually completed in two appointments. The first appointment includes taking several accurate impressions of the tooth (teeth) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold is also used to create a temporary crown which will stay on the tooth for two or three weeks until the new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
After the tooth is numb, the dentist prepares the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once this has been completed the final impression is taken, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure your crown is fitting properly.
At the second appointment the temporary crown is removed, the tooth is cleaned, and your new crown is carefully placed to ensure properly spacing, that your bite is accurate, and that you will be able to floss .
You will sent home with care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.