A crown may be recommended when your tooth has a very large filling, your tooth has had root canal therapy, or for cosmetic reasons. Crowns are great at protecting a weak tooth from breaking or providing a more beautiful appearance to a tooth that is misshapen or severely discolored.
Crowns can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
During your first visit the damaged tooth will be recontoured in order to remove any decay, and reshaped to fit the crown that will be placed over it. If not enough tooth structure is present a build up may be necessary.
Build up is similar to a filling placed in the middle segment of the tooth in order to give the tooth enough “body” for a grown to sit over it. After the reshaping of tooth we will make a temporary crown for you to wear between your first and next visit to protect your teeth while the crown is being made.
During your second visit the temporary crown will be removed and the new crown will be checked for proper fit. Multiple visits may be required to achieve the proper fit. Once proper fit is achieved your crown will be permanently cemented.
By maintaining your oral health – brushing twice a day and flossing, visiting the dentist for routine check-ups and teeth cleanings, and eating a nutritious diet – you can prolong the life of your crown and prevent formation cavities underneath.
Ghafoor Ghamary D.D.S., M.S. | Parisa Tabar D.D.S., M.S.