A crown (or cap) is a covering encasing the entire tooth surface restoring it to the original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens broken or fractured tooth structure which cannot be restored with tooth colored fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. They are highly durable and typically last many years, but like most dental restorations, they eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
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What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking a preliminary impression mold and a highly accurate mold (or impressions) with a 3D scanner which will be used to create your custom crown. The preliminary mold will 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.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay or an old crown and then shaping the remaining tooth for the new crown. Once these details are accomplished, your 3D scan will be completed and then your temporary crown will be made and placed with temporary cement.
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 fit and bite are accurate.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.