About Dental Crowns
Sometimes damaged teeth no longer have enough tooth structure left to support bite pressure without risk of fracturing the tooth. Thankfully, there is a remedy for this situation. This restorative procedure is a dental crown, or cap. Crowns can restore a single tooth, a beautiful smile or reconstruct an entire mouth back to original or better than original beauty and function.
A dental crown can be made of porcelain, zirconium or gold, depending on the needs and desire of the patient. While these materials restore the tooth to its original form and function, they also protect the healthy remaining portion of the tooth underneath.
Inlays and onlays, fillings and crowns each serve a purpose in restorative dentistry. For instance, inlays and onlays cover the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Fillings, on the other hand, fill in the empty interior space of the tooth. In contrast, crowns completely cover every visible part of the tooth. Essentially, with a crown, we rebuild the tooth to resemble what it would have looked like at its best.
What to Expect When You Get a Crown
Some dental offices offer “a crown in a day.” However, installing a dental crown is a very precise procedure. Working with a quality dental lab ensures the best possible crown and fitment. For this reason, we believe the traditional dental crown method to be superior to one-day crowns offered by some dentists. The “crown in a day” method is fascinating and both our doctors have experience with it. Nevertheless, we believe the traditional method provides you with a better and longer-lasting final product.
Like dental bridges, dental crowns will require two appointments. The first appointment involves:
- applying local anesthetic to the area
- taking impressions of the mouth
- analyzing the shade of your teeth to ensure a proper match
- preparing the tooth for the crown
We partner with a quality dental lab to ensure the best final crown. After your first appointment, we send the impressions that were taken to a laboratory. The lab then fabricates the crown and sends it back to our office. At your second appointment, we properly place and fit the crown in your mouth.