What is a Dental Crown ?
A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are needed when a large cavity threatens the overall health of a tooth. Crowns are typically bonded to teeth using a dental cementand are used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth.
What is involved in getting a Crown ?
The procedure for installing a dental crown normally takes two separate dentist visits. At your first appointment, your dentist will examine the tooth to make sure that it can support a crown, then begin filing it down to prepare for the crown. Alternatively, if the tooth is severely damaged or broken, your dentist may need to fill it in to make it large enough to receive the crown stably.
After the tooth is filed or filled to the proper shape, your practitioner will take an impression of the tooth, as well as those surrounding it, and send it to a dental lab, so the permanent crown can be made accordingly. By the end of this first visit, your tooth will have a new temporary crown that protects it until the final crown is ready to be permanently placed.
When the permanent crown is ready, you will have your second appointment. Here the temporary crown is removed, and the dentist will position and fasten the new crown to the tooth with a special adhesive.