A crown is able to provide a protective shell to damaged or decayed teeth
Compared to fillings which just cover a small portion of a tooth, a crown (or cap) encases the entire visible portion of a tooth. In effect, the crown acts as the tooth’s new outer surface.
When are crowns used instead of fillings?
- A crown is used when a tooth is broken or decayed to such an extent that fillings aren’t able to repair the problem.
- The crown is able to provide a protective shell around the damaged or decayed tooth to strengthen it, as well as to improve the appearance of the tooth.
- Crowns can also be used to return a tooth to its original shape.
While crowns come in different materials, the most common crowns typically have some mixture of porcelain in them to give them a look and feel similar to a natural tooth.
How are crowns done?
- First the tooth must be reshaped for the crown
- The dentist will apply a special material to create an impression of the newly shaped tooth
- This impression is sent to a dental lab to be made into a permanent crown
- You will be given a temporary crown while the permanent crown is being created.
- Finally, the dentist will remove your temporary crown and replace it with the new one! Once replaced, your dentist will make sure it fits and matches the color of your teeth.
If you have any additional questions, or need a crown yourself, please make an appointment!