A crown is needed when a tooth has lost or is in danger of loosing a substantial part of its structure. A crown restores a tooth to its proper form and function. While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown.
A crown procedure is typically completed at our office at one appointment, which is usually about 2 hours long. In advance cases we will send your case to a dental laboratory. If your case needs to be sent to the lab, your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fricated by a dental laboratory.
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.