Compared to fillings, which cover a small portion of a tooth, a crown - or cap - encases the entire visible portion of the tooth. The crown becomes the tooth's new outer surface. A dental crown is used when a tooth is broken or decayed to such an extent that fillings will not repair the problem. The crown provides a protective shell around the damaged or decayed tooth to strengthen it and improve the appearance. Crowns also help restore a tooth to it's original shape, which is extremely important for proper function as well as aesthetics. Maintaining your proper bite will help your teeth and jaw function their best.
Crowns may be created from several materials. The most common type of crown contains porcelain so that it will most closely resemble your natural teeth.
Steps Involved with Getting a Crown
After electing to get a crown, your next dental visit will involve reshaping the tooth in preparation for the crown, and taking impressions. Dr. Hunsinger will reshape the tooth to create the best fit for the crown. He will take an impression of your teeth to get the best model of your bite. We send the impression to our dental laboratory where they create your permanent crown. You will leave the dentist's office with a temporary crown until you return for your permanent crown.
On your next visit, Dr. Hunsinger will remove the temporary crown and expertly place your new permanent crown. Dr. Hunsinger takes great care to ensure the fit is comfortable for you, and that the color matches your other teeth. Once he is pleased with the color and fit, he will cement the permanent crown in place.