A dental crown is a type of restoration that is designed to fit over a damaged or compromised tooth. If a tooth has fractured, broken or has been recently root canaled, we may recommend that it be crowned. Crowns both protect the tooth from further damage as well as improve its size and shape. You can expect the restoration to last for many years before it'll need to be replaced.
There are a couple of reasons for why you might benefit from a new dental crown. The most common reason is because a tooth has cracked, fractured or broken. You might need a crown if you've recently underwent a root canal, which can leave the tooth more prone to breaking. If a tooth has a large filling in it or a deep area of decay, we might recommend simply crowning it to protect and restore it.
Dr. Steven White will examine your teeth to determine if a crown is necessary. If it's found that you do need a crown, it is best to have the work done right away to prevent further damage to the tooth. If you have an older crown that needs to be replaced, we can do this easily in our office at your own convenience. Crowns can be placed over virtually any tooth within the mouth in need of restoration.
In most cases, you can expect only one visit with Dr. White for a full porcelain crown procedure. At this visit, Dr. White will prepare the damaged tooth, and our in-office lab technician, will take a digital impression of the tooth/teeth, and fabricate a custom porcelain crown for you, while you wait. Then Dr. White will bond the porcelain crown onto your tooth, and you’re all done. However, depending on your specific situation, a different material may need to be used to create your crown, and it will require a two appointment process. At the first appointment, Dr. White will prepare the damaged tooth, take an impression, and place a temporary crown. Our dental lab will then fabricate a custom crown according to the impression and Dr. White’s instructions. At your follow-up visit, the temporary crown will be removed and the permanent crown secured.