In general, a crown (or cap) refers to a covering that encloses the whole surface of a tooth, providing a new shape and size to the tooth.  Crowns protect and strengthen tooth structure that cannot be restored by fillings or other means.

Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain crowns (tooth-colored crowns) are the most commonly used. Despite being highly durable and likely to last for many years, they may have to be replaced at some point in the future. With porcelain crowns, you can enjoy a natural-looking, long-lasting smile that complements the shape, size, and color of your teeth.

The reasons for crowns are as follows:

  • Teeth that have been broken or fractured.
  • Cosmetic enhancement.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Fractured fillings.
  • Large fillings.
  • Tooth has a root canal.

What does getting a crown involve?

In most cases, a crown procedure requires two appointments.  It will be necessary to take several highly accurate molds (or impressions) during your first appointment in order to create your custom crown.  A temporary crown will also be made using a mold, and it will remain on your tooth for approximately two weeks, until the new crown is manufactured by a dental laboratory using the mold.

After numbing the tooth, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay that may have formed on the tooth and shaping the surface in order to fit the crown properly. Your temporary crown will then be placed with temporary cement, and your bite will be checked to ensure that you are biting correctly once these details have been completed.

In your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, your tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be placed with great care to ensure the spacing and bite are correct.

Your new crown will be given to you along with instructions for care and you will be encouraged to visit your dentist for regular dental checks.

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