A dental crown is a full coverage protective restoration used to repair broken teeth or teeth that have very large cavities. Crowns are recommended to restore health, function and preserve the aesthetics of your teeth.
Who is a candidate for crowns?
A dentist may recommend a crown in the case of broken, chipped or cracked teeth, to treat teeth with large cavities encompassing a majority of the tooth, or to address a cosmetic concern.
How is a dental crown placed?
Once we have decided a crown is necessary, the procedure is usually completed over the course of two office visits. At the first visit, we will numb the tooth to ensure you are comfortable throughout your appointment. Next, we will file the tooth down to make room for the crown. We will also remove any decayed areas of the tooth. If the decay or broken area is extensive, we will build up the tooth to make sure that it can support the crown.
A mold or impression of the prepped tooth is then taken to allow the lab to fabricate the crown. Finally, we will place a temporary crown to protect the tooth until the final crown is delivered. Once your custom crown is fabricated by the lab, the second visit will include the placement of the crown. This may include using local anesthetics to reduce discomfort while we cement the crown in place.
Are there different types of crowns?
While the purposes of dental crowns are fairly universal, the materials they are made of varies. Crowns are fabricated in all ceramic tooth-colored materials, porcelain fused to metal or gold. Your dentist will discuss which crown material is best for your tooth and the advantages of the material at your treatment planning appointment.