A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, zirconia porcelain (tooth colored crown) is the material we use in our office. They are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile. Zirconia is also a very durable material, so they are made to last for many years.
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What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking a highly accurate mold (or impression) that will be used to create your custom crown. We will also create a temporary crown for you which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
At your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, 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.