Crowns, or caps shaped like your tooth, are coverings typically made from porcelain that is placed over your damaged tooth. This added protection gives strength and restored shape to what is left of your tooth.
Your dentist creates crowns from an impression of your mouth. This ensures the crown will fit your bite and look like your existing teeth. The crown is then placed over your damaged tooth and cemented.
The experienced team at Summit Dental Group recommends crowns for a number of oral health and aesthetic reasons. You might need a crown to:
Getting a crown requires two separate appointments.
At the first visit, your dentist will prepare, or shape, your damaged tooth. Then, your dentist will make an impression of your tooth for the crown molding. You’ll get a temporary crown to protect the affected tooth until your next appointment.
The impressions will be sent to a lab that will make your crown. Crowns are typically made of porcelain, but metal or ceramic caps are also very effective. This process can take up to two weeks or more.
At the second visit, the dentist will fit the permanent crown to your tooth and seal it securely into place. The crown will be shaped so it feels natural in your mouth.
Be stealthy with your food choices if you have a temporary crown. It’s best to avoid hard foods like nuts, and chewy foods like caramel until you get the permanent crown put in place.
Once you have a permanent crown, treat it just like you do your existing teeth. Practice good oral hygiene habits, including brushing and flossing daily, as well as regular dental visits to minimize the risk of any complications.
Crowns can become cracked or loose. If this happens to you, your dentist will replace your damaged crown with a new one.