Crowns, sometimes referred to as caps, are indicated for fractured teeth, decayed teeth that cannot be restored with traditional fillings, cosmetic needs, or teeth that have had root canals. A crown encases the entire tooth surface, returning it to the ideal shape and size.
While there are several types of crowns, porcelain is the most popular choice since it resembles natural teeth. They are very durable and will last many years with proper home care and routine hygiene visits to ensure the health of the tooth. Many people often ask what getting a crown entails. At our office it typically requires two appointments, the first being the preparation of the crown and impression of the crown. This impression allows our highly trusted lab to fabricate a custom crown made for you. You will leave your first appointment with a temporary crown that protects the underlying tooth. The temporary crown is very important as it maintains proper gum tissue health and keeps the tooth from shifting to ensure proper fit of the final crown.
At your second visit, we will gently remove the temporary crown and cement the final restoration. In addition, we will talk with you about proper cleaning and maintenance of your new crown. This is an important investment and we want to help you protect it.