Cosmetic & Functional Restoration of Teeth
Crowns are used to improve your tooth’s shape, color, and/or its overall strength. This treatment is typically utilized when teeth are broken, heavily worn, or have large portions affected by tooth decay.
Treatment begins with removal of decay and any old fillings that may be present. The large remaining defects are then filled in with composite to create a smooth contour and eliminate undercuts or voids. This is referred to a “build-up”. (Build-ups are different than conventional fillings as build-ups do not restore the full shape and aesthetics of the tooth.) The tooth is then shaped, reduced in diameter and overall size, to create enough space for the new crown to fit over the tooth.
Once the tooth is prepared, an impressions are taken of the prepared tooth and a temporary crown placed. The temporary crown, made out of an acrylic material, is worn while the final crown is fabricated. The impressions are then sent to the dental laboratory where the lab technician will create the crown. Upon completion, the final crown is then bonded to the prepared tooth. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface.