A crown 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. After numbing the tooth for your comfort, Dr.'s Pfeifer will prepare (re-shape) the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to receive a crown. An accurate impression will be taken to create a model of your teeth. This model is used to create your permanent crown or crowns at the dental laboratory. 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 tooth will be numbed if necessary, the 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. After any adjustments needed are made, the crown will be cemented on permanently.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.