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 there are 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 dental restorations, they may 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.
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What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking a short one minute mold (or impression) that will be used to create 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, Dr. Velinsky will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, a specialized scanning machine called iTerotm will take several scans of the prepared tooth and surrounding teeth. This latest method eliminates the gaggy six to eight minute final impression that was needed for the laboratory to create your permanent crown. Dr. Velinsky evaluates the virtual 3D image created from these scans and sends them electronically to his laboratory, where the permanent crown will be made. Finally, 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 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.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.