Crowns are full coverage restorations that improve your tooth’s function, appearance, and integrity. We place them over brittle, damaged, or endodontically treated teeth. If you have a tooth that is badly damaged, it may not be strong enough to repair with something small like a filling. But if enough structure is left, you can avoid having it pulled – thanks to the reliability and protection of a crown.
A crown looks like a tooth, but it is a protective restoration that covers the entire surface of your real tooth up to the gums. In most cases our crowns are made from porcelain materials that match your smile. Sometimes, they are made from gold. The location and function of your tooth determines which is most appropriate.
Protection and Restoration
Why are crowns necessary? Dr. Cook will typically recommend this comprehensive restoration if you have:
- Severe tooth decay
- A large fracture
- Been treated with a root canal
What to Expect
The first part of any dental treatment that we provide is a private consultation to review your treatment plan. We’ll go over your recommended procedure, alternatives available, and a predetermination of your insurance coverage. This eliminates any confusion regarding out of pocket costs or the overall fees related to your care.
Next, your crown prep visit will be booked. During this appointment, Dr. Cook will numb the tooth and remove all of the damaged enamel. We then take a detailed impression, which is used by our lab to create a customized restoration. A temporary crown will cover your tooth in the meantime, to prevent any sensitivity.
In about two weeks, you’ll come back for us to try your permanent crown in and make any necessary adjustments. Once it’s ready, it is bonded permanently to your underlying tooth.
Caring for Your Crown
Please be sure to floss your new crown daily, to prevent bacteria from accumulating around the margins and causing new decay. We also encourage preventive cleanings every 6 months.
Call us at 256-539-4079.