Over time, teeth may become more susceptible to problems such as decay and cracks/fractures. Crowns (sometimes also referred to as "caps") replace missing or damaged tooth structure when it is compromised by large amounts of decay (cavities) or by fractures. If your dentist notices that a tooth has a large area of decay, seems weakened, or shows signs of crack or fracture, a filling or bonding may not be adequate to repair the tooth. In this care, a crown may be necessary to protect and restore the tooth.
Crowns can be a very esthetic option for repairing teeth. New advances in dental materials allow us to make dental crowns which appear very similar to natural tooth structure!
Crowns can be made using porcelain, zirconium, or porcelain fused to: metal, zirconium, or lithium disilicate to help to maintain a natural appearance. Crowns made from these materials can often be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This allows the crown to blend in and appear like one of your natural teeth.
The process of making and placing a crown usually requires 2 visits to the dentist. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, an impression will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made to custom fit your mouth. A crown is made to compiment the appearance of surrounding teeth. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. The crown will be placed using a cement to ensure that it remains in place. You should care for your new crown as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing.
Are you a resident of the Brookhaven, Decatur, Virginia Highlands, Morningside or Midtown Atlanta areas in need of a dental crown? Call us today to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.