Dental crowns are essentially what you might guess–covers for your teeth. Sometimes referred to as caps, a crown is customized to fully surround and encase a single tooth. Crowns are used to cover a damaged or misshapen tooth, so it is restored to its normal shape and size. Our doctors can evaluate your specific needs and make recommendations, which may include the use of a dental crown.
Do I need a dental crown?
There are several cases where a crown may be necessary. This can include:
Placing a Dental Crown
Crowns are placed over two dental appointments. At the first appointment, we assess the damage or need. This may be immediately following decay removal or root canal therapy treatment. We will evaluate the health and structure of the tooth and then make an impression of the tooth and surrounding area. The tooth is then reduced in size and shaped to allow for room for the crown to fit. We will fit you with a temporary crown at the end of this first appointment. The impression is sent to a dental lab where your crown is fabricated.
Once we have received your newly fabricated crown, we will contact you for your second appointment. We will remove the temporary crown, clean the area, check your new crown for fit. Our doctors can make adjustments as needed to perfect your bite. The crown is then cemented into place for a permanent hold.
Your dental crown will be very strong and durable; it should allow you to resume your regular diet. Dental crowns should be cared for just as you care for your natural teeth with regular brushing and flossing. If properly cared for, your crown should last you many years.