A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a natural tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and improve its appearance.
Although there are several types of dental crowns, porcelain is the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years. But like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced.
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 molds that will be used to create your custom dental 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.
The dentist will then 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 home care instructions and you are encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.