Dental Crowns

A dental crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. Crowns can also give you a more even smile by improving the overall appearance of your teeth.
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Bring back the sparkle
A dental crown (or dental cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its’ original shape and size. If certain teeth are causing you to be unsatisfied with your smile, then dental crowns might be right for you.
Types of dental crowns
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. There are two main types of porcelain crown: all porcelain (e.g. e.max) and porcelain fused to metal. The trend today is to use all porcelain crowns and even bridges when possible because they look the most natural. However, certain conditions demand porcelain fused to metal crowns.
There are still times an all gold crown is used. In terms of durability, there is no crown that can match it (you cannot chip an all metal crown). The one drawback it has is appearance, and therefore is generally recommended only for second molars, especially the uppers since most people’s cheek completely hides this tooth even when smiling or laughing.
Reasons for dental crowns
Your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend dental crowns for any of the following reasons:

Broken, cracked or fractured teeth


Cosmetic enhancement


Decayed teeth


Fractured fillings


Large fillings


Tooth has a root canal

The process

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. 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 fabricated by a dental laboratory.

While the tooth is numb, Dr. Forbes will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement any your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.

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 is accurate.

You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.

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