When you have a badly damaged or decayed tooth, it may need more than a filling to restore it to its fullest strength. A crown is a dental restoration designed to restore the tooth to its correct size and strength. Another term for a crown is a “cap.” A crown fully encases the tooth, providing it with both protection as well as strength. By restoring the tooth with a crown, you can return to chewing with the tooth as it’s strength has been restored versus trying to fix the tooth with a large filling.
What Is a Crown?
When you have a damaged or decayed tooth, it can be at risk for suffering further harm or developing a painful, dangerous infection. A crown is a dental restoration designed to protect the tooth from these issues. It resembles a cap in appearance and is made to cover over the entire visible surface of the affected tooth. It encases the entire tooth, providing it with both protection as well as strength. By restoring the tooth, and preventing further harm, you also avoid the need for a tooth extraction and replacement.
Crowns can be made from several different materials. Each of these materials has their advantages as well as disadvantages. Materials used for crowns include:
What to Expect During Crown Placement
Typically, crowns require two separate appointments for placement. During your first appointment, the affected tooth is prepared. This process involves removing a portion of the enamel to make the tooth smaller. Next, we take an impression of your mouth. This impression is sent to our dental lab, where it is used to design and fabricate your custom crown. A temporary crown is placed in the meantime. Once your crown is complete, it is checked for a natural fit and bite before being bonded into place.
If you are receiving a ceramic crown, it may be possible to receive your crown in a single appointment. This is possible with CEREC technology. We take a digital impression of your mouth and use specialized software to design your crown. The crown is then milled in an in-house milling unit. Any necessary adjustments can be made on site. You leave the same appointment with your final crown set in place.
Benefits of a Crown
Crowns provide many benefits. These include:
Crowns not only protect damaged and decayed teeth, but they also help to restore the strength of the affected teeth and prevent the need for extractions and replacement. Call Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry today to schedule your appointment and find out if a crown is right for you.