Crowns are dental restorations also known as “caps” which are coverings that fit over teeth.
Signs you need a crown
A previously filled tooth where there now exists more filling than tooth. The existing tooth structure becomes weakened and can no longer support the filling.
Cracked Tooth Syndrome (CTS) – You may feel pain and pressure if your tooth has an internal fracture. An internal tooth fracture is usually caused by a filling that expands and contracts with a change in temperature. The only way to fix this problem is to place a crown on the tooth to hold it together.
Root Canal – After a root canal your teeth can become brittle and apt to fractures. These teeth would be healthiest if they were covered by a crown.
Bridges – When you have a bridge it is highly recommended that the adjacent teeth have crowns because it supports the replacement teeth.
Crowns strengthen and the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your teeth. Crowns can be made from different materials which include the full porcelain crown, the laboratory-fabricated composite crown (Sinfony©), the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown and the all-metal crown (gold or precious metal). You and our doctors will decide which type is appropriate, depending upon the strength requirements and aesthetic concerns of the tooth involved.
Fitting a crown requires at least two appointments. During your first visit, the tooth is prepared for the crown, an impression or mold is made of the tooth, and a temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth. At the subsequent visit, the temporary crown is removed and the final crown is fitted and adjusted and cemented into place.