There are several reasons a crown (also known as a “cap”) may be recommended for a tooth. One reason is a cracked or fractured tooth. A crown would allow us to rebuild the patient’s tooth, providing coverage and protection against further cracking.
Crowns are also recommended in cases where large and deep cavities have destroyed a great amount of tooth structure. Teeth that have undergone root canal treatment or have multiple aged and failing restorations will benefit from single crown treatment as well. During this procedure, local anesthetic is applied to the area being treated. After the removal of all decay and weakened tooth structure and filling material, the tooth is shaped and formed into the ideal preparation.
For a two-visit crown an impression of the teeth, including the tooth prepared for the crown, is taken at the first appointment and sent to the lab. We will place a temporary crown for patient use while the lab fabricates an ideal crown. In working closely with our labs, we are able to match the shade of adjacent teeth as well as modify the shape and angle of each tooth. In doing so we are able to protect the tooth while improving the patient’s appearance. During the patient’s 2nd appointment, the crown will be tried in for shape, size, and shade. The crown is then permanently cemented in place, restoring the patient’s smile.