A crown is a cover or “cap” for your tooth. It gives your tooth back its shape, size and function. Reasons that dentists use crowns include:
- Covering a discolored or badly shaped tooth
- Replacing a missing tooth if you need a bridge
- When there’s a cavity that is too large for a filling
- Restoring a dental implant
- Protecting a tooth after a root canal
- Strengthening a tooth that is cracked or worn down
Crowns can be made of many different materials, such as metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, composite resin, or combinations of these materials.
A crown is made in several steps, and will probably require two dental visits. First, we prepare the tooth by removing its outer portion so the crown will fit. Then, we make an impression so I’ll have a model for the crown. The model is sent to a lab to make your permanent crown. You will get a temporary crown while the permanent one is being made. When the new crown is made, I will place it in your mouth and adjust it so it fits well. Then I will cement it into place.
If you have questions about this process, we are happy to answer them. Please feel free to contact to set up a consultation. I look forward to hearing from you, and thanks again for choosing North Bridge Dental as your dental care provider.