Crown also known as a cap goes over an existing tooth for protection and strength. It takes the same size, shape, color, form and function of the original underlying tooth.
Some indications of the need for a crown may be:
Broken or fractured teeth.
Teeth treated with root canal.
Large or fractured fillings.
Tooth decay too large for fillings.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. How many visits does it take to start and finish a single crown?
This procedure usually involves 2 separate visits. At the first visit your dentist will prepare your teeth to accommodate a crown, take an impression, and you will leave with a temporary crown. The second visit the crown is cemented and proper measures will be made to ensure you are biting comfortably and proper instructions on hygiene and maintenance will be reviewed.
2. What materials are these crowns made out of?
Depending on the area of the mouth and which tooth needs the crown, your dentist will suggest certain materials. There are all ceramic crowns which are the most esthetic, and there are porcelain fused to metal crowns, which are strong as well as esthetic, and there are all metal crowns, which is the strongest, but may not look the best. Depending on the area of your mouth and tooth and the desired result, your dentist will make the proper recommendations.
3. How long do crowns last?
When crowns are done properly coupled with excellent oral hygiene, your crowns should last a very long time. No one can guarantee how long a crown can last, but insurance companies usually pay for a new one every 5 to 10 years. And they should last longer than that.