A dental crown is a ‘cap’ shaped like a tooth that is placed over top of one. Its purpose is to strengthen or repair a decayed or broken tooth to restore normal appearance and function. Crowns completely cover the visible area of a tooth and can be made from metal, porcelain-to-metal fusion, resin, or all porcelain. They’re usually necessary for teeth that require very large fillings, fractured teeth, teeth worn down due to grinding, teeth that have undergone a root canal, and misshapen or discolored teeth.
The process for inserting a crown usually takes more than one appointment. During your first visit, we will examine your tooth to ensure that a crown will be supported well by it and then file it down. If your tooth is broken down substantially, we may need to fill it in in order to make certain it is big enough for a crown to fit.
After this is done, we will take an impression of the tooth and the surrounding area and have that sent away for a crown to be constructed. This is then where the temporary crowns come into play, as we will place them on your tooth to protect against damage or decay until the permanent option is ready.
The second visit is when we will position and adhere the new crown in place and examine the fit. At this point in time, you shouldn’t hesitate to bring up any discomfort you feel so it can potentially be taken care of in-office. However, the way it feels in your mouth will take some getting used, but that will fade with time and soon it will act as a permanent and regularly functioning tooth!