A dental crown (or cap) is a protective restoration covering the entire tooth surface and restoring it to its original size and shape. When a tooth cannot be restored with a filling, a crown is used to:
- protect and strengthen the tooth structure
- as a solution to decayed teeth, large fillings, and fillings that have fractured.
What to Expect
Crowns and caps can add strength to a damaged tooth. During your visit, your dentist will work to improve the condition of your tooth –saving it from breaking down and needing to be extracted.
Before your crown treatment, be sure to use preventative oral hygiene to ensure your teeth are as clean as possible. Be able to identify any problems you are having with your teeth and let our dental team know.
Getting a crown usually involves several visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared. A portion of the enamel will be removed to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory so your bridge can be fabricated. A temporary bridge will be made, which can be worn for about three weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, the crown foundation, known as the framework, will be carefully checked to ensure a proper fit. The dentist will select a shade of porcelain that is a good match with your adjacent teeth. The temporary bridge is cemented back in your mouth.
After TreatmentAt the follow-up visit (usually 2 weeks later), the permanent bridge is ready to be inserted. The dentist will try it on, adjusting it as needed, polishing and inserting it with a permanent cement. To ensure the longevity of your permanent bridge, be sure to brush and floss every day and go for regular, routine dental visits.
Your First Visit
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