Usually, a dental crown recommendation is made when a tooth has a large cavity, a broken or fracturing area, a prior large and failing filling, previous root canal treatment, or for a number of esthetic reasons.
Crowns can be made of several different materials and there are pros and cons to each. You and your dentist will decide which material is appropriate for you.
Goals for crowns:
- Remove any decayed, diseased, or broken tooth structure
- Repair any damage that occured
- Replicate a structure that can function properly with your bite
Making a crown involves a two appointment process. During the first appointment, you tooth will be numbed using a local anesthetic. This is also when all of the “drilling,” or preparation of the tooth occurs. An impression, or mold, is made of the tooth and is sent to a dental laboratory that fabricates the crown. Finally, a temporary crown is made for your tooth and is cemented into place. The laboratory is a key element in making a custom fit appliance just for you. They use the impression to make the final crown out of the specified materials and proper shade. The second appointment comes two to three weeks later and is when your permanent crown is fitted to your tooth.
After your permanent crown is placed, you should be able to use your tooth normally. Brush and floss it like it was any natural tooth. If you have any sensitivity, please let us know.