A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
Reasons for crowns:
Broken or fractured teeth.
Tooth has a root canal.
What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure
usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will als
o be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. 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.
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 and bite are accurate.
Before I went to Dr. Klement, I never smiled, because I was unhappy with my teeth or the way my smile looked. I knew I needed lots of dental work and was concerned about how it might feel. Dr. Klement was friendly, knowledgeable and put me at ease. Under her guidance, I had crowns, fillings and wisdom teeth removed all under oral sedation. I didn't feel anything and was totally relaxed. Everything turned out great. I get frequent compliments on my smile. It's really made a big difference in my life; I'm more outgoing and more confident.
Recently when I had two crowns replaced, it was extremely important to me that they look as natural as possible. In fact, I had delayed having the dental work completed, because it was essential to me that it was done correctly. It was critical that I achieved a good end result. Dr. Klement and her team took the extra time to ensure that the procedure was done accurately and to my satisfaction. They valued my input on the cosmetic appearance of the dental work, and took the extra steps to bring about outstanding results. I am very pleased with the high standard of service that I received.