A crown is a tooth shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth. The purpose of a crown is to cover the restoration that has been performed on the tooth, the crown restores the shape, size, strength and appearance of the remaining tooth structure. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
Reasons for a crown:
*broken or fractured teeth
* large fillings
* the tooth has had root canal treatment
What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. During the first appointment we will take several different impressions that will be used by the lab to make your permanent crown. The tooth will be prepped as needed for the permanent crown. A temporary crown will also be made to put over the tooth while the lab fabricates the permanent crown.
The tooth is prepped by removing any existing decay and will be shaped so that the permanent crown will fit properly.
Your second appointment is typically scheduled 1-2 weeks out, at that time your permanent crown will be placed. The spacing between teeth, the margins and your bite are checked before the permanent crown is fully cemented to the prepped tooth structure.
With proper care and oral hygiene a porcelain crown can last over 10 years.