Porcelain Crowns (Caps)
Crowns are the perfect solution for any tooth that’s been damaged to the point of no return. Restoring an entire tooth is difficult and must be handled by a professional dentist, but a crown works to cover the entirety of the tooth and restore it to its original form. If you want to keep your teeth healthy and strong, talk to your dentist about crowns!
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain crowns (tooth-colored crowns) are the most popular type of crown. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they will eventually need to be replaced. Unlike other types of crowns that don’t match your tooth color or shape, porcelain crowns give you a natural-looking, beautiful smile for many years to come.
When do you need crowns:
- When you have broken or fractured teeth.
- When you need cosmetic enhancement.
- When you have decayed teeth.
- When you have fractured fillings.
- Large fillings.
- When your tooth has a root canal.
What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure will take two appointments. The first appointment, which is to take highly accurate impressions, will be followed by a second appointment to receive the final crown. A temporary crown will be made in the interim and stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is ready.
When your dentist puts the crown on, he or she will first numb your tooth. The dentist will then prepare the tooth, removing any decay and shaping it to fit the new crown. The temporary crown will be placed and your bite will be checked to make sure you’re biting properly.
At your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed and the tooth cleaned. The dentist will then place your permanent crown and carefully ensure it’s the right size, shape, and spacing.
Your final step is to have regular dental visits to check on your new crown. Your dentist will give you care instructions that you must follow, but it is up to you to take care of your crown.