Dental restorations restore the function, integrity, and morphology of missing tooth structure, caused by caries or trauma such as cracking or chipping the tooth. There are usually 2 appointments for the fabrication of crown:
- The dentist will examine your tooth and determine how it needs to be restored. The dentist will also prepare the tooth for restoration. This may include a procedure called a core build-up, which might require a post. During this appointment, the dentist will also take impressions to send to a laboratory and create/place a temporary crown while the permanent crown is being made.
- The second appointment will consist of removing the temporary crown and cementing the permanent crown, which has been fabricated in a laboratory.
What is a crown?
A crown is a restoration that covers a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size. They are necessary when a tooth has been damaged significantly and is too large to hold a filling. They can also be used to hold bridges or cover and protect teeth that have chipped or cracked to prevent further wear.
What is a post and core build-up?
In some cases where a tooth is badly decayed or fractured, the dentist may use a filling material to restore the tooth structure to a level at which it will be able to support the crown placed on top of it. A post may be used to support the filling material. Once the material is hardened, your dentist will prepare it for the placement of a crown.
Will it look natural?
During your appointment, your dentist will carefully examine your other teeth to ensure the size, shape, and color of your crown matches your other teeth as closely as possible. If you have a certain look in mind for the crown, make sure to discuss this with your dentist to achieve your preferred final smile.
How do I take care of my crown?
The best way to ensure the longevity of your crown is by maintaining good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing twice a day and scheduling regular cleanings with your dentist. It is also very important to clean between your teeth using floss or interdental cleaners (specially shaped brushes). To prevent fracturing your crown, avoid chewing extremely hard foods, such as ice, and avoid grinding or clenching your teeth. With the proper care, crowns will remain in great condition for many years.