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 (a ceramic, tooth-colored material) are the most popular, because they are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth, giving you a natural-looking smile.
Reasons for crowns:
What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. During your first appointment, Dr. Day will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Then, impressions of the tooth will be taken so that the dental laboratory can create your custom crown. Finally, a temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly. Your temporary crown will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by the dental laboratory.
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.
Crowns are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced.
Day Family Dental
Dr. Nathan Day, DMD • Dentist • Lansing, MI