In cases where a filling or onlay is not enough to repair the damage to a tooth as a result of trauma or decay, a crown (or cap) is a cosmetic dental procedure that encases the entire tooth, completely restoring it to the original size and shape. A crown will provide strength and stability when chewing.
There are several types of crowns, but the most popular by far is a porcelain crown due to the fact that they are the same color as your natural teeth. They are very tough and durable and will last many years, but like all tooth surfaces that endure chewing and grinding they will eventually have to be replaced.
Crowns are used to repair:
- Broken teeth.
- Cosmetic dental enhancements.
- Decayed teeth.
- Broken fillings.
- Large fillings.
- A tooth with a root canal.
What happens when you get a crown?
Getting a crown is much the same procedure as getting an onlay. The procedure will generally take two visits to the dentist. The first visit will involve taking very accurate impressions or molds of your teeth. It is from these impressions that your new crown will be constructed in a dental lab. The dentist will numb your tooth and remove any decay as well as older fillings, then place a temporary filling over the area. In the second visit, the temporary filling is removed and the tooth is re-cleaned. The new crown is then cemented into place and final adjustments for bite are made, along with polishing.
With proper care and maintenance, your new crown will last many years and provide a happy and healthy smile.