Dental Procedures

 

Crowns

Over time, teeth can become worn down, broken, cracked or extracted. They may have large fillings that can weaken the tooth structure or have internal staining. If the tooth is heavily restored but the root system is still in good health a crown is the best choice.

A crown is placed on an individual tooth, (somewhat like a thimble over your finger) where there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left to place a filling. Crowns can be made entirely of porcelain, a combination of precious metal and porcelain or all metal. Each crown is custom made individually by a dental technician. Crown placement is a simple procedure and usually requires 2 appointments at the dental office.

 

Crown for a Cracked Tooth

 

 
   

 

Procedure

1st Appointment

The tooth is shaved down to create the ideal space for the new crown (cap). A mold is made of this prepared tooth, a color for the final crown is determined and a plastic temporary crown is placed until the next appointment.  Using the mold, a dental laboratory will fabricate the final crown to the proper size, shape and color.

2nd Appointment

The final crown is fitted on the tooth, the color is verified and the bite is adjusted. Once these steps have been completed, the crown is cemented over the prepared tooth. The diagram to the right shows a "see through" image demonstrating how the crown fits over the prepared tooth, as well as the real appearance of the final restoration.  It is often necessary to fine trim and polish the new crown.  Crown placement is a simple procedure helping you regain your smile!