A dental crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth’s surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A dental crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with dental fillings or other types of dental restorations. A dental crown may become necessary or desired for one or more of the following reasons:
- Broken/Fractured Teeth
- Cosmetic Enhancement
- Decayed Teeth
- Fractured Fillings
- Large Fillings
- Root Canal Preparation
Dental crowns are made and customized in size, shape, and color to match your natural teeth. This is done to restore full functionality to your teeth and to provide optimal cosmetic results for your smile. Please contact our dental practice to learn about your treatment options for enhancing the beauty and functionality of your smile.
The dental procedure will usually take place over the course of two dental appointments. The first dental appointment will consist of taking several highly accurate molds (impressions). These molds will be used to help create both your finalized porcelain crown, and a temporary crown. Once the molds have been taken, your porcelain crown will be custom-created in a dental laboratory over the course of approximately two weeks. During this time, you will wear a temporary crown. In preparation for the temporary dental crown, the dentist will numb your tooth, and clean any decay. Your tooth will be shaped to properly fit the crown. At your second dental appointment, the temporary crown will be removed. The dentist will prepare your tooth for the final crown by carefully cleaning your tooth again. The new crown will be placed to ensure that full functionality will be restored to your mouth. Instructions will be given from your dentist regarding your new dental crown. You will be encouraged to have regular dental visits to ensure your new crown remains in good shape.