A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers your entire tooth, protecting it and restoring its strength and function. The crowns that protect your teeth are made of various materials at Carlston Dental Group. Porcelain or ceramic is the most famous crown material, and for a good reason! Porcelain is strong and durable and mimics the translucent appearance of a natural tooth better than any other option. Ceramic is also stain-resistant, meaning you can enjoy your favorite foods and beverages without worrying about damaging your restorations.
In some cases, metals like gold are also good options for a custom restoration. Gold is strong, durable, and long-lasting, though it tends to wear down opposing teeth more quickly than other materials. However, this can be a good solution for patients whose teeth are more sensitive to porcelain or other ceramics.
The Dental Crown Procedure
Your tooth will be prepared to receive the crown at the first appointment. This involves reducing its size to allow room for the crown to be placed on top. After the tooth is prepared, an impression is taken, which will be sent to our lab, where it will be fabricated to perfectly fit your mouth and match the color of your teeth. Before you leave your first appointment, a temporary is put in place to protect the tooth while your permanent crown is being crafted. At the second appointment, the permanent crown is placed over your tooth. It is checked for fit and cemented in place. Once placed, you can care for it like you would for your natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings every six months.