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 crown can be done in one visit with Cerec or two visits if a mold is necessary. Your dentist will explain which crown is appropriate for you.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown
If your crown necessitate two visit your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) 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 a couple weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite 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.
If Cerec can be use, after shaping the tooth, a digital picture will be taken by the scanner. The computer will analyse it and design the crown which can be inserted at the same visit!
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.