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
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
When we have decided to go ahead with a full crown restoration,
we will set aside 2-3 appointments for the entire process. 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
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.