A dental crown (or cap) is a restoration that encases the surface of a tooth, reestablishing its original size and shape. A dental crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with other types of dental restorations. They are customized in size, shape, and color to accurately match your natural teeth and can be made from porcelain, gold, or ceramic materials. Dr. Levine may recommend a crown for one or more of the following reasons:
- Broken/Fractured Teeth
- Cosmetic Enhancement
- Tooth Decay
- Fractured or Large Fillings
- Root Canal Therapy
You will usually receive your crown over the course of two appointments. At the first appointment, several highly accurate molds (impressions) of your teeth will be taken. These molds will be used to help create both your finalized crown and a temporary crown. Once the molds have been taken, your crown will be custom-created in a dental laboratory over the course of approximately three weeks. During this three-week period, you will wear a temporary crown. In preparation for the temporary dental crown, Dr. Levine will numb your tooth and clean away any decay. He will also prepare your tooth so that the temporary and final crown will fit properly.
At your second appointment, the temporary crown will be removed. Dr. Levine will prepare your tooth for the final crown by once again carefully cleaning your tooth. The new crown will be accurately placed to ensure that full function will return to your mouth. To ensure the longevity of your new crown and good oral health, it is important to continue attending regular check-ups with Dr. Levine.