A dental crown, also known as a “cap”, is a prosthesis that is shaped like a tooth and cemented over your existing tooth. If your tooth is in need of a lot of restorative work, it may need a crown. Crowns are used when a filling isn’t enough to restore the tooth.
Benefits of Crowns.
Natural Look | Crowns are shaped to look like your natural teeth and the color can be matched to the rest of your teeth.
Stain Resistant | Porcelain is resistant to staining.
Long Lasting | Crowns that are well maintained can last anywhere from five to fifteen years.
Comfortable | Crowns sit on top of the tooth, not on the jaw itself, and are unlikely to irritate the gums.
Confidence and Self-Esteem | A crown can help restore your confidence and self-esteem. It can be hard to smile when your teeth don’t look their best. Once a crown is in place you can feel more confident when you smile, which can boost your self-esteem.
How is it Done?
- Examination. When you come in, we’ll examine your teeth and make sure you’re a candidate for a crown restoration. X-rays may be taken.
- Preparation. The tooth is shaped in preparation for the crown. Anesthesia may be used.
- Mold. An impression is made once the tooth has been shaped. The crown will be customized to this mold.
- Temporary Crown. A temporary crown will be placed over your tooth, to protect it until the permanent crown is ready to be attached.
- Holding pattern. The mold is sent to a laboratory and the crown is created. This can take about two weeks.
- Double check. Once the crown comes in, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is placed and checked for fit and color.
- Cementation. If the crown is approved, it’s time to cement the crown to the tooth. A local anesthetic may be used.