Crowns are the best option for restoration when a filling will no longer suffice. A crown should be placed on a tooth following a root canal or if there is more filling inside a tooth than natural tooth structure. A crown (sometimes called a cap) looks like a natural tooth but is hollow and it is cemented over the natural tooth making it stronger and preventing further damage to the tooth. The natural tooth is reduced and prepped for crown placement. A crown is usually done in two visits: the tooth is prepped and an impression is taken of the tooth and a temporary crown is placed with temporary cement at the first appointment. You will wear this temporary for about 2-3 weeks until the permanent one, made in a lab, is finished. While wearing a temporary crown you can eat and drink like normal but avoid vigorous flossing around the tooth or biting hard or sticky foods. If the temporary crown is to break or come loose Dr.Roberts recommends you come in for a quick appointment to have it re-cemented. Once your permanent crown is cemented on at the second appointment you can eat and chew like normal. Crowns can last many years when properly brushed and flossed.There are several types of crown options. Crowns can be made of ceramic, porcelain over metal, etc. and Dr.Roberts will recommend the one best suited to your needs.
Crowns can also be purely for aesthetic reasons as well, to improve your smile. Dramatic smile improvements can be achieved with porcelain crowns. We can have a wax-up made so that you can see what your smile makeover can do! See our before and after pictures.