As we get a little older, our teeth begin to change, making them prone to fracture and decay. There are many possible reasons for this change, including bruxism (teeth grinding), cavities, cracked fillings, root canals, and many others. If your tooth is beyond repair with a filling material, we may recommend that the best viable option to save the tooth is a full crown. This type of restoration is durable, protects the tooth and helps preserve chewing function.
Types of Crowns
If your tooth need a full crown, there are several options available to you. These options include a full porcelain crown, a porcelain fused to metal crown, or a full gold crown. We will help you make the determination as to which of these options is the most appropriate for your situation. You can be comfortable in knowing that your new tooth will be virtually unnoticeable and will flawlessly complement the rest of your smile.
When we have decided to go ahead with a full crown restoration, we will set aside 2-3 appointments for the entire process. Although the majority of crowns are completed in two visits, there is sometimes a need for a third visit to ensure a proper fit.
The procedure begins with the removal of all decay in the tooth. Once we have removed the decay, we will reduce the tooth circumferentially and shorten it to make room for the new crown. We will then take an impression of the reshaped tooth. This impression will be sent to our lab where your new restoration will be crafted. While this new tooth is created, we will provide you with a temporary restoration. The temporary restoration will resemble your natural teeth so that you can continue with your daily life without worrying about a missing or uncomfortable tooth.
During your second visit to the office, we will proceed with the placement of your final restoration. Your new crown will be fitted comfortably into your mouth. We will make every effort to ensure that the new tooth feels exactly like one of your natural teeth. The final step in the process is to cement the crown into your mouth, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.
Post-Treatment Care Instructions
For post-treatment care instructions following crown work, click the link below (instructions are in Adobe PDF file format; if you need the Adobe Reader software to view these files, visit the Adobe website by clicking here):
Crowns Before and After
If you would like to see before and after photos of crown procedures by Dr. Stefanie Shore, visit our Smile Gallery.