Dental Crowns are essentially caps for damaged teeth. Crowns are used on teeth that are too heavily damaged for a simple filling. Such as large cavities, worn, or even broken teeth. Crowns are made of a variety of materials, though most commonly porcelain, and metal.
The kind of crown that is used is determined by you and your dentist after taking into account desires for appearance, and the needed strength of the tooth. We then take an impression of your tooth, fashion a temporary crown and place it over your tooth to restore functionality of the tooth and reduce pain while we make your permanent crown in the lab.
After the permanent crown is finished which can sometimes take up to a few weeks we will then bring you back in to the office to finish the installation of your crown. The temporary crown will be removed, and the permanent crown be placed over top the remaining tooth having been shaped to fit exactly.
Crowns do require care just like any other tooth does, they must be brushed and flossed regularly. Though additionally, care should be taken to avoid excessive abuse such as crunching ice as this can cause your crowns to break depending on the material they have been made from.