What is a Crown
A crown is also sometimes called a cap and is a man-made cover that protects the top of a tooth. It may be used to restore and preserve a decayed, broken or cracked tooth. Crowns can also correct some cosmetic tooth problems, giving you a better smile.
WHY YOU MAY NEED A CROWN?
Dr. Altenburg may advise you to get a crown if you have:
- A decayed or damaged tooth that needs to be restored to its normal shape and size
- A cracked or broken tooth with large cavities or worn fillings
- A poor fitting crown
- A tooth that has a large opening on its top surface after having a root canal
- A cosmetic tooth problem
- A bite problem
Crowns can help give you a confident and healthy smile.
TYPES OF CROWNS
If you need a crown, there are a few options for repairing your tooth: a porcelain crown, porcelain fused to a metal or silver crowns. We’ll point you in the right direction to determine which option is best for you.
Plan on two to three office visits for the entire process. Most crowns are completed in two visits, but sometimes a third appointment is needed to assure a proper fit.
1. The decay in the old tooth must be removed.
2. We’ll then take an impression of the tooth, which will be sent to our lab where your crown will be made.
3. We will provide you with a temporary crown that resembles your natural teeth. You can go about your daily life without worrying about a missing or incompatible tooth.
4. The second visit is usually less evasive as we proceed toward placing your permanent crown. We want the crown to fit comfortably in your mouth, and we will make every effort to ensure it feels exactly like one of your natural teeth.
5. The final step in the process is to cement the crown, leaving you with a healthy bite and beautifully restored smile.