Single tooth crowns are placed over the top of your tooth to increase its strength and durability. If your tooth is damaged, decayed, has an outdated filling, or is fractured, a dental crown can be used to restore its look and function.
Single tooth crowns are created with porcelain, ceramic and porcelain fused to metal, and precious metals, like gold and platinum alloys. Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth.
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately one week until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
The tooth will be prepared by removing any old fillings, fractures, cracks and/or decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be adjusted to ensure you are biting properly.
At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.