What is a dental crown?
A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
There are several types of crowns - porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.
Additionally, we offer crown lengthening. Crown lengthening is generally performed to improve the health of the gum tissue or to prepare the mouth for restorative or cosmetic procedures. In addition, crown lengthening procedures can also be used to correct a “gummy” smile, where teeth are covered with excess gum tissue. Crown lengthening exposes more of the natural tooth by reshaping or re-contouring bone and gum tissue. This treatment can be performed on a single tooth, many teeth, or the entire gum line, exposing an aesthetically pleasing smile.
What to Expect
Before your crown treatment, be sure to use preventative oral hygiene to ensure your teeth are as clean as possible. Be able to identify any problems you are having with your teeth and let our dental team know.
Your dentist prepares the existing tooth by removing the decay or damage and then reshaping it and reducing the size. Once the tooth is prepared, an impression of the tooth is created.
But, the impression can also be done with a plastic-type material that is put into a tray or it. If it is done with the impression material, a plaster cast is made from the impression and sent to the lab, the lab uses the cast to create a crown/cap that fits over the existing tooth. This can take two or more visits to the dentist and several weeks to complete.
Your dental crown appointment will be beneficial to your overall oral health. If the impression is made digitally, the crown/cap can be designed and milled in the dentist's office while the patient waits. This high-tech approach uses first-rate composite blocks to fabricate the crown.
After crown treatment, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- You may experience some discomfort. Be sure to get plenty of rest.
- Maintain good oral hygiene in-between visits.
- Schedule a follow-up visit with our Mansfield dental office if you begin to experience any problems.