A crown is essentially an artificial tooth that is placed over top of the root of a tooth that has been damaged or has suffered a large amount of decay. Some people might also opt to have a crown placed over a tooth in their smile that has been damaged but is otherwise healthy.
Crowns can be made from different materials, depending on the tooth’s location and function in the mouth. The most common materials are gold, porcelain, or base metals.
Being fitted for a crown usually takes two separate appointments.
During first appointment, your dentist might take some X-rays. This helps them get an accurate understanding of the state of the tooth’s enamel and the health of the root. If the dent and root tissues are infected, you might also need a root canal. The X-ray will also help the dentist understand any relationship between an upper tooth and your sinus cavity.
The dentist will then remove the bulk of the enamel from the tooth in question, leaving a stub known as an abutment. The dentist will then take an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth, which includes the contours of your personal bite pattern. The abutment is covered with a temporary crown. The dentist then sends the impression to a dental lab where a new crown is made.
The second appointment is usually much shorter than the first. At this appointment, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and will cement the permanent crown in place. They will then check to make sure the crown fits into your bite pattern or make any minor adjustments.
If you have a fractured tooth, a missing filling, or other questions about whether or not you should get a crown, please feel free to call us at 620-225-5154 to schedule an appointment.