A crown is a cap which encases the tooth perfectly. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size and function and makes it stronger. The crown is permanently cemented to the tooth.
Why do I need a Crown?
Cavity too large
When a cavity is too big for a filling it usually breaks down the tooth. The crown covers the tooth to protect it.
If the tooth is cracked, worn down or otherwise weakened, as crown is necessary to prevent further damage.
An Implant requires that a crown be placed on top of it.
After Root Canal
Root canals weaken the tooth. This leaves the tooth susceptible to chipping or cracking. Adding a crown protect the tooth and keeps it intact.
Crowns are a great way to cover discolored or badly shaped teeth.
Sometimes our smile doesn’t look how we want it to. Either discolored, badly shaped, and for other reasons our teeth don’t look as good as they can. A dental crown can get you that Hollywood smile you can feel confident about.
What are Dental Crowns Made of?
How Do Dentist put on a Crown?
- The patient is numbed before the procedure so they do not feel any pain.
- If tooth has a big cavity or if it is fractured then the dentist may need to add extra strength to the tooth by doing core build up.
- The dentist prepares the tooth by reducing the overall size of the tooth.
- A mold is taken to provide an exact size for the crown and also a custom shade is taken to match it with other teeth in the mouth.
- The patient gets a temporary crown while they wait for the permanent crown to be ready — usually less than two weeks. While patient has the temporary crowns, this tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold. Also, avoid chewing gum or sticky or crunchy foods during this time. In case the temporary crown comes off, then return to the office as soon as possible so that it could get cemented back.
- The dental mold is sent to a lab where laboratory technicians use it to make a unique crown specifically for the patient.