Dental Crowns

A Crown is used to replace missing tooth structure on a tooth. When a tooth is fractured or weakened by root canal treatment often a filling will not give it enough support. In such cases the tooth will be treatment planned to receive a full coverage crown. A crown is like a cap, it fits snugly over your tooth and is attached in place using a type of permanent cement.

A crown may need to be replaced if it fractures or your underlying tooth develops decay. It is important to maintain very good oral hygiene around a crown and have your dentist check it at each periodic visit.

Crown Procedure
The treatment usually takes two or three appointments to complete.

  1. First Appointment
    At the first appointment one of our highly trained dentists will prepare the teeth on by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin. It is necessary to remove some tooth structure to be able to create a space for the crown materials so that it is the same size as the original teeth. We always try to be as conservative as possible during this procedure. A detailed impression of the prepared teeth and arch are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be fabricated. A temporary crown made of acrylic resin will be placed and cemented. You will receive care instructions as temporary crowns can be quite fragile.
  2. Second Appointment
    At the second appointment the temporary crown is removed and the final bridge is seated. A visual, tactile and radiographic exam is used to verify the fit. You will also have a chance to approve the esthetics and fit of the crown. Following that the crown is cemented.
  3. What Materials Are Used?
    Crowns can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either precious or non-precious metal.

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