As we age, our teeth begin to change and are prone to decay. There are a variety of contributing factors that may result in this breakdown, including bruxism (grinding teeth at night), general decay, cracked or worn out fillings, root canals, etc. If your tooth is beyond repair with a filling material, we may recommend that the best viable option to save the tooth is a crown. The reasons for this type of restoration for a badly damaged tooth are typically durability, cosmetic appearance, and overall support of the chewing function..
Types of Crowns
If you are in need of a crown, there are a few different options for crown types, depending on the condition of the tooth that needs a crown. They can include a full porcelain crown, a porcelain-fused-to-metal, or a gold crown. We will make a determination as to which of these options is the most appropriate for you. You can be confident that your new tooth will be virtually unnoticeable and will flawlessly complement the rest of your smile.
The majority of crowns are able to be completed in two appointments, but there is sometimes a need for a third visit to ensure a proper fit and/or color match.
The procedure begins with the removal of all tooth decay. Once the decay is removed the tooth is built up and prepped for the crown. We will then take an impression of the tooth. This impression will be sent to a top quality lab where your new restoration will be custom crafted. While your new tooth is being created, we will provide you with a temporary restoration. Our temporary restorations resemble your natural teeth and will allow for full functionality on a temporary basis so that you can continue your daily life without being affected by a missing or incompatible tooth.
During your second visit to the office, we will proceed with the placement of your final restoration. This crown will be fitted comfortably. We will make every effort to ensure that the new tooth feels exactly like one of your natural teeth. The final step in the process is to cement the crown into your mouth, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.