What are crowns?
A crown, also referred to as a cap, is basically a dental restoration that is placed over a damaged (cracked, broken, weak) tooth to create a support structure that protects the underlying teeth, while allowing the patient full function in their bite. Crowns are most often used for a single tooth, especially after root canals, and for teeth that cannot support large fillings.
Who should get crowns?
Crowns are for patients who have broken teeth or large fillings.
What are crowns made of?
Crowns are typically made of porcelain or gold, on rare occasions. Most often, the porcelain crown is lined and supported by a bio compatible metal that offers support to the structure of the crown and allows the force of the bite to transfer along the metal frame into the jaw rather than through the already weakened or damaged tooth.
What is the procedure?
We will prepare the teeth by shaping and smoothing to fit under the crown or bridge. Impressions of your teeth and bite will be taken and we will fit temporary crowns over the teeth to protect them until the permanent crowns can be placed. Once the lab has fabricated the final crown, you will return to our office where we will permanently cement the crown to your tooth.