What is a Crown?
A crown (also called a cap) is a man-made cover that protects the tooth. It may be used to restore and preserve decayed, broken or cracked teeth. Crowns can also improve your overall appearance.
When do you need a crown?
Your Dentist in Charlotte, NC may advise you to get a crown if you have:
- A decayed tooth that needs to be restored to its normal shape and size
- A cracked tooth with large cavities or worn fillings
- A poor-fitting crown
- A root canal treated tooth
- A cosmetic problem
- A bite problem
Types of Crowns:
Porcelain: Usually the most common, this is a tooth-colored crown made of porcelain reinforced resin. Dr. Holt will work with you to find the perfect shade that matches your smile exactly.
Metal: These are made of gold or other metals. It is very strong and won’t break. Because this type isn’t tooth colored, it may not be the best for a front tooth.
Combination: The metal makes the base stronger than a porcelain crown, but has the aesthetic appeal of the porcelain.
Before preparing your tooth for a crown, your dentist may numb the area with a local anesthetic. Then, the tooth is reduced and shaped, removing any decay or injury. Your tooth may also need rebuilding if larger parts are missing. After, a mold is taken for the prepared tooth and the surrounding teeth. A temporary crown is then applied to protect the prepared tooth between visits.