What are crowns?
Crowns are fixed prosthetic devices that cover up damaged teeth. Dentists usually recommend crowns if you have:
- not enough tooth structure remaining
- weak teeth that may fracture easily
- a discolored tooth
- an abnormal shaped tooth
- a root canal treated tooth
What is the procedure for getting a crown?
A complete crown procedure requires two visits.
On your first visit, your tooth will be reduced in size so that the crown can fit snugly over it. Next, an impression of your teeth will be taken to make a mold for the crown, and it will be sent to our lab. A temporary crown will be made before you leave to protect your tooth until the permanent one is made.
After 2-3 weeks, your crown will be ready. In office, your dentist will check your bite and contact to see if it fits perfectly. When you are satisfied with the bite's feel and the finished aesthetic, the crown will be cemented permanently.
How long does a crown last?
Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.