Crowns are a great option for teeth that are broken down, decayed or fractured. Some teeth need more structural support than a porcelain veneer can provide, and thus require a crown placed on the tooth instead. Crowns may be placed on front or back teeth, depending on your individual needs. Crowns are not created in the dental office, rather, impressions of your teeth are made and sent to a dental laboratory. Dr. Smith uses only the highest quality lab for creating these crowns. Crowns are made of ceramic, porcelain or zirconia and are incredibly strong and resistant to wear and breakage.
- First appointment
Your teeth are prepared and shaped to make room for future crown placement. Impressions are taken of all your teeth and sent off to a lab. A temporary crown is made at this appointment and placed on your tooth to fill the space the future crown will occupy.
- Second appointment
Two to three weeks after the first appointment, your new crown will have arrived at our office from the dental lab. You will come in for a second appointment to have the temporary crown removed and have the new permanent crown set in its place. This permanent crown is bonded in place with permanent cement and is hardly distinguishable from your natural teeth.