A dental crown is a covering that encases the complete tooth surface restoring it to its initial shape and size. A crown shields and strengthens the tooth structure, which means it can’t be restored with just fillings or some other form of restoration.
Even though there are a number of forms of crowns, porcelain crowns are the most common, simply because they appear like your own natural teeth. They are extremely resilient and will last several years, but like many dental restorations, they may sooner or later need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are designed to match the shape, color and size of your your tooth providing you with a natural looking, long-lasting gorgeous smile.
Reasons for crowns:
- Damaged teeth.
- Cosmetic enhancement procedures.
- Decayed teeth.
- Broken fillings.
- Significant fillings.
- Tooth with a root canal.
What is involved with getting a dental crown?
A dental crown procedure usually calls for two dental appointments. Your first appointment will consist of taking a number of extremely accurate impressions or molds that will be used to develop your custom crown. A mold will even be used to develop a temporary crown, which will remain on your tooth for roughly two weeks until finally your new crown is constructed by a dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numbing, the dentist will get the tooth ready by eliminating any decay and shaping the surface to appropriately fit the crown. Once completed, your temporary crown will be inserted with temporary cement. Finally, your bite will be inspected to make certain you are biting effectively.
At your second appointment, your temporary crown will be taken out, the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned, and your new dental crown will be cautiously placed to make certain the spacing and bite are precise.