Large amounts of tooth decay or the loss of a large filling are two of the more common reasons why your dentist might recommend getting a crown. Essentially a crown is an artificial cap placed over top of a damaged tooth that no longer has enough healthy enamel to hold a filling.
Getting a crown is a two-step procedure. In the first appointment the dentist will remove excess enamel. This leaves behind an abutment or post shape core around the inner pulp of the tooth.
The dentist then takes an impression which will be sent off to a dental laboratory where a permanent crown is then made. The abutment is then fitted with a temporary crown to protect it in the meantime.
Porcelain and gold are the two most common materials permanent crowns are made from. Which material works best will depend largely on where the tooth is in your mouth and its relationship to your smile. Your dentist can recommend which one is best for you.
During the second appointment the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is cemented into place. Your dentist might make a few minor adjustments to the crown to make sure it bites properly with the rest of your teeth.
If you think you have a tooth that requires a crown please feel free to call us at 435.723.6120 to schedule an appointment.