SOS for Damaged Teeth – Crowns
Crowns, or “caps” as some call them, are custom-made covers for teeth that have had a root canal (leaving very little tooth structure), cracked or weakened teeth or teeth that are so decayed that a regular filling isn’t sufficient.
Generally, we use a porcelain material to make the crown because it blends best with your other teeth. It takes two appointments to fit a crown.
At the first appointment, we prepare the tooth by making it small enough for the crown to fit over it. Next, we mold an impression of the tooth so that the crown fits between the teeth on either side of it and is basically the same size and shape as the one being capped. At the end of this visit, we attach a temporary crown to protect the tooth until the permanent crown is ready.
At the second visit, we cement the permanent crown and make sure that it feels comfortable and natural and that your bite is correct. That’s it!
How long does it last? Your crown should last a lifetime with proper oral hygiene and routine dental examinations and cleanings.
Want to Learn More?
Again, there are many options for enhancing and restoring your teeth in today’s dental environment. The one way to know for sure is to visit a dentist to discuss your concerns and explore all available options.