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, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most
popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may
eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth
giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
Reasons for crowns:
Broken or fractured teeth.
Tooth has a root canal.
What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include
taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold
will also be used to create a temporary crown 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