A crown is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth that is decayed, damaged or cracked. This is an extremely reliable technique for repairing the most severe of dental problems, even permanently replacing missing teeth to offer a complete smile and a functional bite. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin, or a mix of these materials. Porcelain generally has the most natural appearance.
The treatment plan for receiving a crown involves:
- Numbing your tooth to remove the decay in or around it.
- Re-sculpturing the tooth to provide an ideal fit for the crown.
- Making an impression of your teeth in order to create a custom-made crown.
- Making a temporary crown out of acrylic resin and fitting it onto your tooth during the interim period when the permanent custom-made crown is being created.
- Applying the permanent crown (when received from the lab) by removing the temporary crown and fitting the permanent one onto your tooth.
- After ensuring that the crown has the proper look and fit, Drs. David Ross or Erin Kahlon will bond it into place.
How Long Will The Process Take?
This process generally consists two or three visits over a four to six week period. Once the crown is in place, you are free to maintain normal oral care including brushing, flossing, and regular examinations to help maintain the quality of your crown and to prevent gum disease. Given proper care, your crowns can last a lifetime