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.
Although cosmetic dentists use several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most cosmetic dental restorations, they will eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
Reasons for crowns:
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments with a cosmetic dentist. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. The cosmetic dentist will also use a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numb, the cosmetic dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any 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 checked to ensure you are biting properly.
At your second appointment your cosmetic dentist will remove your temporary crown, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.
Your cosmetic dentist will give you care instructions and encourage you to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.
Contact us at (336) 841-0000 for more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bertrand Bonnick, a cosmetic dentist in North Carolina.