As we get a little older, our teeth begin to change and are prone to decay.
There are many possible reasons for this change in your smile. These reasons can include bruxism (teeth grinding), general decay, cracked fillings, root canals, and many others. If your tooth is beyond repair with a filling material, we may recommend that the best viable option to save the tooth is a full crown. The reasons for this type of restoration in a badly damaged tooth are durability, cosmetic appearance, and overall support of the chewing function.
Types of Crowns
If we decide that you are in need of a full crown, there are a few different options for the repair of your tooth. These options include a full porcelain crown, a porcelain fused to metal or gold crown, or a full gold crown. We will make the determination as to which of these options is the most appropriate for your situation. You can be comfortable in knowing that your new tooth will be virtually unnoticeable and will flawlessly complement the rest of your smile.
When we have decided to go ahead with a full crown restoration, we will set aside 2-3 appointments for the entire process, unless you have opted for a same-day crown. Although the majority of crowns are completed in two visits, there is sometimes a need for a third visit to ensure a proper fit.
The procedure begins with the removal of all decay in the tooth. Once we have removed the decay, we will take an impression of the tooth. This impression will be sent to our lab where your new restoration will be crafted. While this new tooth is created, we will provide you with a temporary restoration. Our temporary restorations will resemble your natural teeth so that you can continue with your daily life without worrying about a missing or incompatible tooth.
During your second visit to the office, we will proceed with the placement of your final restoration. This crown will be fitted comfortably into the mouth. We will make every effort to ensure that the new tooth feels exactly like one of your natural teeth. The final step in the process is to cement the crown into your mouth, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.
In some instances, decay occurs below the gumline. In these cases it is sometimes necessary to remove some amount of bone and gum tissue. Depending upon the extent of this issue, your dentist will ask that this is done before the new crown is applied.
The procedure known as Crown Lengthening is done for several reasons, including to restore heath and improve the esthetic look of your gumline. If you have a “gummy smile” your doctor may offer this procedure to make your smile more esthetically pleasing. Your teeth are actually much longer than they appear, but excess gum tissue may be covering them. This procedure adjusts the gum and bone level to expose more of the natural teeth.