A crown may be suggested for several reasons. For example, a tooth that is weak or damaged and needs to be held together or for cosmetic reasons, to remedy a discolored tooth.
There are different types of crowns. Depending on the situation, the appropriate crown would be used. They include porcelain, ceramic, stainless steel and resin. There are advantages and disadvantages for each kind. The dentist will discuss the options and make a recommendation based upon the particular circumstances.
The process of crowning a tooth is typically done with two visits to the dentist’s office. The first visit will include the dentist examining the tooth to be sure it can withstand and support the crown. Then, the tooth will be filed down to serve as a post to attach the crown. An impression will then be taken of the area and sent to a lab where the permanent crown is made. In the meantime, a temporary crown will be used to protect and fill the space.
On the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed and the dentist will place the new permanent crown. A special adhesive keeps the crown attached and in place to the filed tooth. It may feel awkward in the beginning, but soon the crown will feel, function and look like a regular tooth.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, just ask your dentist. Your dentist will provide further information and make recommendations that are tailored for your particular dental needs.