crown

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.

Types of crowns:

  • Porcelain fused to Gold
  • Full Gold
  • All Porcelain
  • All Ceramic

There are several types of crowns:  Porcelain fused to gold, all Porcelain, all Ceramic, and Gold.  In the past, the porcelain fused to gold (tooth colored crown) was the most highly used.  With improved technology and materials, the all Ceramic crowns now have many advantages.  They are stronger, more durable and provide a better esthetic and cosmetic result. They  can last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced.  Ceramic crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.

Crown (Cap) for a front Tooth

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Crown (Cap) for a Back Tooth

 

Reasons for crowns:

  • Broken or fractured teeth.
  • Cosmetic enhancement.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Fractured fillings.
  • Large fillings.
  • Tooth has a root canal.

What does getting a crown involve?

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately 2-3 weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.

While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.

At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.

You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.

 

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