A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain crowns are the most popular because they resemble natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they will eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size and color of your teeth.
Reasons for crowns:
- Broken or Fractured Teeth
- Cosmetic Enhancement
- Decayed Teeth
- Fractured Fillings
- Large Fillings
- Tooth has a Root Canal
What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. Dr. Yaley will also create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks while a dental laboratory makes the permanent crown.
While the tooth is numb, Dr. Yaley will remove any decay and shape the surface to properly fit the crown. Then, your temporary crown will be placed in your mouth with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure it fits properly.
At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (650) 325- 8030.