Dental Crowns (Caps)
A cap or crown covers the entire tooth surface and restores it to its original size and shape -- or to a better shape if needed. A crown is used to protect and strengthen a tooth that cannot be restored with a filling or another type of restoration.
There are several kinds of crowns, but tooth-colored porcelain crowns are the most common. They are extremely durable and can last for many years. Like all dental restorations, however, crowns may need to be replaced eventually. Porcelain crowns are designed in a lab to match the color, size, shape and other characteristics of natural teeth for a beautiful and long-lasting smile.
Crowns are used for:
Fractured or broken teeth.
- Cosmetic improvement.
- Decayed teeth.
- Broken fillings.
- Very large fillings.
- Teeth that have had a root canal.
What is involved in getting a crown?
Getting a crown usually takes two dental office appointments. The first appointment involves taking impressions or molds that are used to make the crown in a dental lab. The crafting process can take about two weeks.
After the tooth has been numbed, the dentists removes any decay and shapes the tooth surface for the crown. Once this is done, a temporary crown in attached with temporary glue and the bite is checked to make sure it is okay.
At a second dental office visit, the temporary crown is removed and the tooth is cleaned up. Then, the permanent crown is placed to make sure spacing and bite are precise.
At the conclusion of the procedure, you will get care instructions and be encouraged to follow up with regular dental visits to maintain the health of the restoration and overall dental health.
To find out how dental crowns can work for you, call (619) 640-5100 for a free consultation with Dr. Paige Woods, DDS