Reasons a crown may be recommended are:
- Cracked tooth
- Tooth previously had a root canal
- Large filling present on a tooth
- Improve appearance, shape, or alignment
- Protect a weakened tooth from fracturing
- Attach a bridge to replace a missing tooth
- Attach to an implant
Crowns can be made from various materials, including porcelain or ceramic for a natural-looking appearance, as well as gold, metal alloys, and acrylic.
It typically takes 2 appointments for a crown to be made. In the first appointment, a tooth is prepared so there is sufficient space around it for a crown to completely cover the tooth. An impression will be taken of the tooth and sent to the lab, and a temporary crown will be made to cover the tooth until the lab has made the final product. In the second appointment, the final crown is tried in to ensure a perfect fit and look, and then is permanently cemented on. It is very important to brush and floss around temporary crowns as directed by your doctor and staff.
Crowns can last a lifetime, as long as proper oral hygiene is maintained, as well as regular dental checkups and being careful not to chew on hard foods, ice, or other objects.