Our teeth overtime can begin to weaken and become susceptible to cracks, decay and discoloration. If you feel your smile has suffered through the years, you could benefit from the use of one crown, or in some cases, many crowns to restore the smile you once so proudly possessed. If Dr. Philipp notices that one of your teeth are decayed or seems weakened or cracked, a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional issues to address. In cases like this a filling or bonding would not be sufficient.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.
On the first visit the tooth will be shaped so that the crown can be placed over it. Any cracked, missing, or decayed tooth structure will be removed along with any existing restorations. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made so that it fits in the spot created for it and looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, Dr. Philipp will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready in approximately two weeks.
At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. The tooth will be placed using a cement to ensure the tooth sets in place. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call our office today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.