A dental crown can act as a cap to go over the tooth and restore shape, size, and strength.
Dental crowns, often referred to as caps, can improve the function of damaged teeth and improve appearance as well! This dental restoration can protect a cracked tooth, restore a decaying tooth, or replace an existing crown. The new crown covers the entire top of the tooth and is cemented into place. Crowns can be made out of metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, composite resin, or a combination of these.
Dental crown placement generally requires multiple visits to the dentist. First, the dentist removes an outer portion of the tooth as well as any decay for the crown to fit. Your dentist might also build up the core of the tooth if any added structure is needed. An impression of the tooth will be made to ensure an exact fit of the crown. A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth until your permanent crown is ready. While the temporary crown is on, you should avoid chewing gum or sticky foods. You will have a second appointment once your permanent crown is ready, where Dr. Kim will place the crown and make any necessary adjustments.
To learn more about dental crowns or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today.