A crown encases an entire natural tooth to restore it to its original shape and size. A traditional crown is usually made of Zirconia or gold. Zirconia crowns are popular because they can be fabricated to closely resemble your natural teeth. Both types of crowns protect and strengthen tooth structure that is too far damaged to be fixed with fillings or other types of restorations. Crowns are extremely durable and will last many years; however, they may need to be re-cemented occasionally due to normal wear.
What do crowns do?
Fix broken or fractured teeth
Improve the appearance of teeth
Restore decayed teeth
Preserve teeth that have had a root canal
What can I expect?
Getting a crown generally requires two or more visits. At your first visit, you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the areas adjacent to your tooth. Your tooth will then be "prep'd" by removing a portion of its enamel to make room for the crown. Next, we will take highly accurate impressions (models) of your tooth, which will be used by our laboratory to custom fabricate your crown. We will then make you a temporary acrylic crown that can be worn for a few weeks until your next appointment.
During your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth underneath will be cleaned, and your new permanent crown will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a good fit. You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Consistent brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will extend the life of your new permanent crown.