Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of your tooth.
Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of your tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore your tooth.
Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
Your tooth usually must be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. An impression is then made from the existing tooth to create a custom-designed crown. The impression is then walked over to our CEREC Technology that we have right in the office, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. In some cases, a temporary crown is applied, but as soon as your crown is ready, the permanent crowns are cemented in place.
Crowns are sometimes confused with veneers, but they are quite different. Veneers are typically applied only to relatively small areas.