What Are Crowns?
A crown is “cap” that covers the entire visible portion of a tooth. It essentially covers a tooth to restore it to its natural shape and size. Crowns can be used to correct visual flaws and to help protect weak teeth. Crowns are a great, versatile option for fixing a variety of dental issues.
This permanent covering fits over your original tooth to strengthen or improve the appearance of the tooth. Fitting a crown generally requires at least two visits to the dentist’s office.
The First Visit
First we will make sure your situation is right for a crown. After we establish that you are a good candidate for a crown, we will prepare your tooth for the crown. This is done by shaving off a thin layer of the tooth’s enamel to make room for the crown. After this is done, we take impressions of the tooth and create a mold. The mold is then sent off to a dental lab where you crown is created. We may send you home with a temporary crown to wear while you wait for your permanent crown to be made.
The Second Visit
Your second visit is when you get the crown fitted into place. After we assure that the crown is a proper fit, both to your tooth, and to match your other teeth in color and size, we cement the crown into place. After this you are free to go with your newly renovated smile!
Teeth are often restored using silver or porcelain fillings. However, when too much of a tooth’s structure is removed to support a filling, a crown or “cap” may be needed. A crown may be needed to:
- Restore a tooth when it is unable to support a large filling
- Attach bridges
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing or restore fractured teeth
- Cover badly shaped or discolored teeth
- Cover dental implants
Healthy and strong teeth support and maintain your jaw alignment. That is why when you lose one or more teeth, your remaining teeth may shift, and the ability to chew and speak may be affected. A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, eliminating the gap where those teeth had been. The bridge is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support. The teeth that are used to anchor the bridge are usually crowns. Regardless of the type of bridge recommended, its success depends on keeping the surrounding teeth healthy and strong.