A Crown (or Cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size.
A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
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.
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What does getting a crown involve?
A traditional crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds ( impressions) or a digital scan 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.
CEREC crowns can be made in one appointment. They are made by taking a photographic image with a very small camera connected to a computer instead of a mold. This is further described under the CEREC crown procedure description on this website.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay, building up the tooth with a resin filling if there's not enough natural tooth present, then shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and you 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.
This patient desired to have the spaces between his teeth closed without having full orthodontics, and he wanted immediate results!
Dr. Thomas was able to make his dream a reality with the use of traditional laboratory fabricated Crowns on his upper front teeth. This procedure provided our patient with the beautiful smile and function he desired in just two dental appointments.
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