Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration, etc. If you feel your smile isn't what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If we notice that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked, we may suggest a crown to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this, a filling or bonding may be sufficient, but together, we will discuss the most viable options to treat your case.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel, a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.
The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist. On the first visit, the tooth will be reshaped so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made so it fits in the spot created for it and looks the same as the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about 10 to 14 days to be returned to our office. At this time, you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years or longer with good oral health care. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing.