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Dental Crowns

Why would a tooth need a crown?

  • Teeth with cavities that undermine existing fillings and destroying supportive tooth structure
  • Weakened teeth such as those that have had root canals but are not supported with a crown
  • Cracked teeth need crowns to reinforce damaged tooth structure and prevent root fracture

Why can’t my tooth be restored with a filling instead of a crown?

A natural tooth must have adequate supportive structure remaining to receive a filling. In some cases, a tooth will be missing a large amount of the chewing surface or missing a corner after a cavity or crack is removed. A crown supports a tooth by providing 360 degree support. The support from a crown prevents flexing while chewing that could result in new cavities as well as tooth fracture and eventual tooth loss.

What does getting a crown involve?

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking a highly accurate mold (or impression) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately three weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.

  1. While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any cavities and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown.
  2. A material called a build-up is used to fill the area removed during a root canal or damaged by a cavity.
  3. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
  4. At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing, bite, and color are accurate.
  5. You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check all of your teeth to keep your smile looking its best.

Do I need a temporary crown?

Your temporary plays an important role in protecting your tooth and holding the space for your permanent crown or bridge. Should it need recementing or become damaged, please call our office during business hours and we will be happy to recement or repair it.

Post-Operative Instructions