To fix a tooth with substantial decay may require greater strength than that provided by a regular filling. In such cases, a porcelain crown might be the best restoration choice. Crowns are also effective treatments for cracked or fractured teeth, and are required after completion of root canals on back teeth. A crown takes two visits to complete. The first involves preparation of the tooth to make room for the crown, an impression of the prepared tooth so the laboratory can fabricate the crown, and a temporary crown to protect the tooth until the final crown is ready. The lab crafts your crown to look and feel like a natural tooth and blend seamlessly with your dentition. At the second visit, this temporary crown is replaced with the permanent crown.
Is a crown right for me?
If you have a tooth that is damaged or decayed, but still intact, a dental crown may be right for you. Schedule an office consultation to determine whether you could benefit from a dental crown.
What should I expect when I have my crown placed?
If you are a candidate for a crown, your teeth will be reduced to ensure a proper fit. An impression will then be taken of your bite and used to fabricate a mold for the crown. If you are choosing porcelain prosthesis, its colour will be matched to the natural shade of your other teeth. If a dental lab is making your crown, you may be fitted with a temporary crown until the permanent one is ready for placement.
Do I need to follow any post-treatment care guidelines?
Your teeth will need time to heal following the crown placement process, so it is normal for you to experience some sensitivity – especially to hot and cold. Additionally, you may experience soreness in the gums surrounding your crown, though this is usually manageable with ibuprofen and should subside within a few days.