CrownsA crown is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth surface that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
There are several types of crowns; gold, lava, and porcelain fused to metal (PFM). Gold crowns are typically used on posterior teeth, but can be placed on all other teeth. Lava crowns are processed with porcelain baked on a zirconia base rather than metal, so they are completely tooth colored. Lava crowns are used on anterior teeth for a more esthetic appearance. PFM crowns are processed with porcelain baked on a metal base; they have been the most commonly used crowns for many years. They are all highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. PFM and lava crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
REASONS FOR CROWNS:
Broken or fractured teeth
Tooth with root canal
A crown procedure is a two-appointment process. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate impressions that will be used to create your custom fit crown. The dentist will prep the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once the tooth is prepped and final impressions are taken a temporary crown will be placed on the tooth with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
At the second appointment your temporary will be removed, any excess temporary cement will be cleaned from tooth, 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.