Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others, especially if they have fillings in them. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile
. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient. Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.
The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to
the dentist. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the
enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local
anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any
discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that
tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that
your new crown can be made so that it fits in the spot created for it and looks
identical to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you
with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.