As you age your teeth will wear down prone to problems like discoloration, decay, cracks, infections and other issues. After an examination if we discover any
weakened teeth a crown may be necessary. Crowns are often recommended before larger problems arise such as infections or root canals. While filling or bonding might work in some cases when the affected area is too large a crown in the best solution.
Crowns can be made from variety of materials we recommend, for a more natural look, a porcelain finished crown. Porcelain crowns can be made to matched the shade of the surrounding teeth this gives it a more natural appearance.
A crown will take up to three visits to complete the procedure. Before we place the crown we will need to file down the
enamel so that the crown will fit on the affected tooth. We use local anesthetic for this part of the procedure to avoid any procedure. After the filling is done a mold it taken and sent to the lab to craft the crown. While the permanent crown is being made a temporary crown is placed on the tooth. The temporary crown will snap off if you chew gum or eat chewy or sticky foods, or if you floss the crown too hard.
Permanent crowns can usually take anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks for the lab to finish. After it is done in the lab the final appointment is made to have the permanent crown set in place. We will use local anesthetics for this part of the procedure as well to avoid any discomfort. The permanent crown is placed using a strong cement to ensure that the crown remains in place. Crowns will typically last for 10-15 years depending on proper maintenance and the materials used to the make it. Crowns just like any other tooth will need to be brushed and flossed regularly.