Where fillings will just cover a small portion of the tooth, a crown (or cap) encases the entire visible portion of the tooth, acting as the tooth's new outer surface.
A crown is utilized as a form of treatment when a tooth is decayed or broken to the point that fillings can not repair the tooth any longer. Crowns provide protective shelling around a damaged tooth to not only help strengthen it, but help improve appearance as well. The original shape of the tooth can also be restored by a crown's help. Most commonly crowns are made of some type of mixture of porcelain, in order to give them the look and feel of a natural tooth.
How it's done:
A crown usually is completed within two visits to our Port Charlotte office. At the first visit, Dr. Houman Dehdashti well reshape the tooth and take the needed impressions to create the crown. Often times portions of the tooth are removed in order for the crown to fit properly, and once this is completed- a special material is used to take an impression which is then sent to the laboratory. Before you head home that day, a temporary crown will be placed to protect your teeth between visits.
When you return, our office will have received the permanent crown from the laboratory. The temporary crown will be removed and the new permanent one will be fitted. Before cementing the permanent crown in place, the fit, comfortably and color will be double-checked and ensured.
For more information on dental crowns, or to make an appointment with Dr. Houman Dehdashti in our Port Charlotte office, please call (941) 624-0990 today!