What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth shaped restoration, often times called a “cap”, which rebuilds the tooth to optimal shape, size and function.
A crown may be needed for many reasons including:
- Protecting a weak tooth from breaking
- Covering and supporting a tooth with a large filling and a small amount of remaining tooth structure
- Holding together parts of a cracked tooth
- Restoring an already broken tooth or a tooth that is severely damaged by decay
- Covering misshaped or severely discolored teeth
- After root canal therapy
What to expect:
A dental crown is usually completed in two visits. At the first appointment, you will start by having impressions taken of the tooth. After that, the doctor removes any decay and makes room for the new crown. Once that is completed another impression will be taken and a temporary crown will is placed while your crown is being custom made by expert ceramists at the lab. This visit takes about an hour.
The second, shorter, appointment is scheduled for about 2 weeks later to deliver your permanent crown. At that visit the doctor will remove the temporary and replace it with the final, permanent, natural looking restoration bringing the tooth back to its ideal shape and size and restoring function.