A crown is basically a cover for a damaged tooth, a cap that is placed over the tooth to restore it back to its original shape and size. There are many reasons you may need a crown. Among the most common are that you have:
- A large filling is that breaking down or failing.
- A large cavity that has destroyed much of the tooth structure.
- Recent root canal treatment.
- A cracked tooth that hurts when you bite down.
- A cosmetic deformity in a tooth.
- Loss of enamel from heavy grinding or acid erosion.
What is involved in the crown procedure?
The procedure is completed in two visits. During the first visit, your tooth is prepared for a crown, an impression (digital or traditional) is taken and a temporary crown is made. After your first visit, we send your impression to a lab that makes your permanent crown. During your second, and much shorter visit, your temporary crown is removed and your permanent crown is fitted and cemented in place.
How long can you expect your crown to last?
Most crowns last between 5 and 15 years, however this is largely dependent on the care and maintenance they receive. Some patients believe that a crowned tooth is impermeable to decay, but a cavity can begin at the margin of the crown (the line where the crown and the tooth meet). Diligent home care and frequent, regular cleanings are essential to keeping your crown and the rest of your teeth healthy.
A dental crown can be a great way to preserve and restore the natural form and function of your tooth. If you want to learn more about crowns, just ask us at your next visit.