Crowns may be necessary when a tooth is decayed or weakened and a filling or bonding will not sufficiently remedy the issue. Porcelain crowns can be matched to your tooth color, making them a popular choice, but crowns can also be made of gold or porcelain fused to metal.
Expect 2-3 visits to place a crown. The tooth must first be reshaped by filing down the enamel. This process is completed with the use of a local anesthetic to prevent any discomfort. After reshaping, a mold is taken of the tooth and its surrounding teeth. This mold is sent to a lab and the process of creating and sending it back to your dentist can take up to 2-3 weeks. While waiting on the permanent crown, your dentist will provide and place a temporary crown. When the permanent crown is ready, your dentist will once again numb the area and place the crown it using a cement to ensure correct placement.
Crowns are a durable solution that last 10-15 years. Call today to learn more about how a crown might help restore your smile.