As we age, many of us find that our teeth are no longer structurally sound. Teeth grinding, fillings, tooth decay, or an improper bite can all contribute to the wearing down and breaking of the teeth. Crowns restore the shape, size, and strength of the tooth as well as improve its appearance by covering the entire visible surface of the tooth.
A dental crown is a cap in the shape of the tooth that is placed over the badly worn or cracked natural tooth to strengthen it. If your tooth is not able to be fully repaired with a filling material, Dr. Baker may recommend a crown as the best way to save the tooth. Because the crown covers the entire tooth, it can be strengthened in ways not possible with traditional fillings.
Crowns generally take two appointments to complete. At the first visit, Dr. Baker will prepare the tooth for the crown and take any necessary impressions . A temporary crown is usually placed in the mouth to protect teeth while the custom crown is being made.
The crown generally takes two weeks to be made and is cemented on the tooth at the second appointment. The tooth usually needs to be stabilized by a filling before the crown can be placed. Crowns usually last between ten to fifteen years.
- Add strength to natural teeth that are badly worn
- Do not affect healthy teeth on either side
- Preserve normal jaw bone and joint health