A crown, also known as a cap, is a tooth-shaped covering that covers the entire tooth surface in order to restore its original shape and size or to improve its appearance. Whereas a filling restores only part of a tooth, a crown can restore the structure of a much larger portion of tooth.
Crowns offer full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to break or is too broken down to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly done after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. Even after a filling is put in a large cavity, a tooth is more likely to break. Crowns prevent this, as well as making for a nice smile.
Although crowns can be made from several different materials, porcelain is the most popular choice because it is extremely natural looking and luminous. Porcelain crowns are highly durable and will last for many years, but as with most dental restorations they may eventually require repair or replacement.
Reasons for crowns:
• To fix broken, fractured or decayed teeth.
• For cosmetic enhancement.
• To repair fractured fillings.
• For large fillings.
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. During first appointment, one of our dentists will take several highly accurate impressions known as molds, that will be used to create your custom porcelain crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown that will protect your tooth while a dental laboratory fabricates your new crown, it will take about two weeks to get your new, permanent crown.
During your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the underlying tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and your new crown will be carefully secured in place for a precise and comfortable fit.
At Santavicca Dental Professionals, we use the latest technology and finest materials to create porcelain crowns that offer superior fit, function and aesthetics. We will provide instructions for the care of your new dental restoration. As with natural teeth, proper oral hygiene, good eating habits and regular dental visits will help maintain the life of your new crowns.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about porcelain crowns or to schedule a smile consultation.