A crown, or cap, is a cover that protects the top of a tooth. Crowns are typically used to restore and preserve a decayed, cracked, or broken tooth. Crowns are also used to correct some cosmetic tooth problems.
You might need a crown if you have:
- a tooth with a big opening on the surface from a recent root canal surgery.
- an existing crown that is not fitting right.
- decayed or damaged teeth that need to be restored.
- a bite problem or cosmetic tooth problem.
- cracked or broken teeth with big cavities or old fillings.
Dental Crown Procedure
It usually takes 2 or 3 dental visits, with 2 or 3 weeks in between appointments, to restore teeth with a crown.
Before starting, the dentist will probably numb the tooth with a local anesthetic. To prepare for the crown, they will then remove any decayed part of the tooth, plus reshape and possibly rebuild some of the tooth. Your dentist will take a mold of the tooth and then use a temporary crown to protect the tooth until your next appointment. Your permanent crown will be made at the lab between visits, using the mold of your teeth.
Be sure to take good care of your temporary crown between visits and avoid hard or sticky foods. Be careful while flossing or brushing your teeth by doing so gently.
Fitting your Permanent Crown
The permanent crown will then take the place of the temporary crown and the dentist will check to ensure that your bite feels normal. After the correct fit is determined, the dentist will cement the permanent crown into place and check to be sure the tooth has been restored to the right shape.