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A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored) crowns are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons for crowns:
To strengthen a broken or fractured tooth
To improve and enhance your smile
To treat and replace large or fractured fillings
To protect a tooth after a root canal treatment
To complete an implant
What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking highly accurate impressions (or molds) that will be used to create your custom crown. An impression will also be used to create a provisional crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately three weeks while your permanent crown is fabricated by our dental laboratory. All of our dental work is proudly made in the USA.
While the tooth is numb, Dr. Northcutt or Dr. Hardy will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to provide a stable foundation for the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your provisional crown will be placed with temporary cement and your occlusion will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
At your second appointment, your provisional crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your permanent crown will be carefully placed and examined to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.
You will be given home care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental cleanings to evaluate the margins of your crown and the tooth structure.
Good oral hygiene, proper eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your crown.