What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a metal or porcelain cap that is held in place by dental cement and completely covers your existing tooth. A crown may be used to cover a tooth that has had a large cavity removed, which endangers the overall health of the tooth, or to cover a tooth that has undergone an endodontic treatment or “root canal.” A crown can also be used to add strength to a weakened or broken tooth.
How does the procedure work?
Dr. Woods and his team will first take an impression of your existing tooth and may remove a small amount of the outer layer of the tooth. A second impression is then made. Both impressions are used to create the crown itself. It usually takes no more than one to two weeks for the permanent crown to be fabricated. In the meantime, your dentist will likely fit you with a temporary crown to protect the tooth. Once the permanent crown arrives, Dr. Woods will remove the temporary crown and fit the permanent crown over your existing tooth.