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A dental crown is basically a cap that fits over the existing tooth in attempt to repair it or restore its natural appearance. The crown typically covers the entire visible tooth and is often designed to look exactly like a natural tooth, allowing you to fix the problem without complication.
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, but the following are the most common:
While ceramic crowns look most like a natural tooth, they don’t last as long as those made from metal or porcelain. On the other hand, while metal crowns are the strongest, they are mostly used for molar replacement, as the metallic look can be quite noticeable.
Each type of material has advantages and disadvantages. When you visit our office for a crown, Dr. Skopp and his team will discuss all of the various options with you to help you make the best decision for you and your budget.
There are a number of different cases where dental crowns are needed, including:
Although it is sometimes possible to make and install the crown in one day, most dental crown procedures require at least two visits. This is because it’s necessary to prepare the tooth and then make an impression. The crown is then made in a dental laboratory, which can take up to two or three weeks to complete.
When you visit our Palm Beach Gardens office for your first dental crown appointment, our team will first take x-rays of the damaged tooth. Then Dr. Skopp will perform a full examination on the root of the tooth and the surrounding bone to ensure a root canal isn’t necessary.
After the exam, Dr. Skopp will then prepare the tooth for the crown—filing down the top and sides of the tooth to make room for the crown. The actual amount of the tooth that will be removed depends on the type of crown being used and the shape of the tooth. In some cases, however, it may be necessary to build upon the remaining tooth in order to support the crown if there is a large portion of it missing.
Once the tooth has been prepared, Dr. Skopp will then take an impression of your teeth so that the permanent crown can be made by the dental lab. A temporary crown is then put in place to protect your teeth until the permanent one can be installed.
When the permanent crown is ready, you will return to the office for a short appointment. At this time, Dr. Skopp will remove the temporary crown before checking to make sure the new crown fits and is a match for color. Finally, he will then permanently cement the new crown in place.
Your newly crowned tooth should look and feel exactly like a natural tooth and shouldn’t require any special attention or care. If you have porcelain crowns, you may want to avoid biting down on hard things, as this can cause them to crack or chip.
If you’re sick of staring at that cracked or discolored tooth, or tired of dealing with pain or discomfort, contact our Palm Beach Gardens dentist office or call 561--5000 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Skopp and see how a dental crown can benefit you.