What are crowns and what are they used?
A crown is a restoration that covers, or caps, a tooth to restore it to its normal shape, size, function and appearance. Its purpose is to strengthen or improve the appearance of your tooth. It could be a full crown, or a partial crown( Inlay or Onlay).
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
Why is a crown placed?
A crown is placed for a number or reasons:
To support a large filling when there isn't enough tooth remaining
To protect week teeth from fracturing
To restore fractured teeth
To cover badly shaped or discolored teeth
To cover a dental implant
To cover a tooth that has root canal
To restore decayed teeth
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 two 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.