If a tooth’s structure is damaged and cannot be repaired with fillings or other procedures, a crown or cap may be needed. Crowns cover the entire tooth surface, restoring its original shape and size.
Porcelain is the most popular choice because it is tooth-colored. There are several types available, so talk to your dentist about your options. Porcelain crowns can be custom made to match the shape and size of your teeth, resulting in a beautiful smile that will last for years. As with all restorations, replacement may eventually be necessary.
Two appointments are usually necessary for a crown procedure. During the first appointment, your dentist will take several impressions (molds) that will aid in creating a customized crown.
Next, your dentist will numb the area and remove any decay. Your dentist will prepare the space by thoroughly cleaning it and shaping the surface to accept the shape of the new crown. While you wait for your crown to be prepared by the dental laboratory, a temporary crown will be used to protect the tooth.
During your second appointment, your new crown will be precisely positioned and cemented into place. Your dentist may make a few adjustments to ensure a comfortable bite and even spacing.
When your treatment is complete, you will receive complete aftercare instructions. Regular dental visits are encouraged to ensure a long life for your new crown.
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