What is a crown and why would I need one?
A crown (or sometimes called a cap) is a type of dental restoration that covers the top and the sides of a tooth. Crowns can be made entirely out of gold, ceramic, or sometimes a combination of the two.
Often, crowns will be used when a tooth has severe decay and may not have the strength to support a filling. Teeth with signs of cracks, a history of fracture, severe erosion or wear, or previous history of a root canal may all benefit from a crown.
A crown procedure takes two visits. On the first visit, we remove any decay, cracks, and old fillings and then create the space we need for the crown material. We then make an impression of the tooth to send to the laboratory and create a temporary crown to protect the tooth. The laboratory will use the impression to create a custom crown designed to look and function like a natural tooth.
On the second visit, we remove the temporary crown and try in the custom crown. We check the fit and make any necessary adjustments prior to cementing the crown with a permanent cement.