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.
The treatment usually takes two or three appointments to complete.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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