The Building Blocks of a New Smile
A dental crown is a covering for a tooth and can fit over unattractive, decayed or damaged teeth, or even replace a tooth entirely. Crowns are perfect restorations for teeth that are missing a significant amount of natural structure above the gum line. They are manufactured using high-quality porcelain and can be made to match the natural color of your teeth. Crowns not only strengthen compromised teeth, but they also improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile.
The Dental Crown Procedure
The installation of a dental crown could take up to three visits to our office. During your first, your tooth is prepared by shaping it to fit the new crown. This may involve some drilling and is done under the effect of a local anesthetic. Once the tooth has been prepared, an impression will be taken to shape your custom crown. Before you leave our clinic, a temporary crown will be placed to cover the tooth until the permanent crown is completed by a dental lab. At your next visit, your permanent crown is attached to your tooth using dental cement or a special resin that hardens when exposed to a curing light.