A crown is a cap or cover your dentist can put over a tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size and function. A crown can make the tooth stronger or improve the way it looks.
You may need a crown if you have a cavity that is too large for a filling, have a tooth that is cracked, worn down or otherwise weakened, have had a root canal treatment or want to cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth to improve your smile.
It usually takes two dental visits to complete the treatment. When a crown is placed over a natural tooth several steps are involved.
1. The dentist prepares the tooth by removing its outer portion so the crown will fit. Any decay is also removed. If additional tooth structure is needed to support the crown, the dentist may build up the core of the tooth.
2. An impression is made to provide an exact model for the crown. Dr. Glass uses a Care Stream Digital Scanner for ultimate precision.
3. You will get a temporary crown while you wait for the permanent crown to be custom made in the lab. This usually takes less than 2 weeks. While you have a temporary crown your tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold. Avoid chewing on this side during that time.
4. When the new crown is ready the dentist places it in your mouth and makes the necessary adjustments. When you and your dentist are happy with how it looks and feels, the crown is cemented into place.