A crown is a non-removable restoration used to add strength and structure to a tooth, or teeth.

Crowns can be used to fix teeth that are worn down, have fractures, have large amounts of decay that cannot be properly restored with a filling, or have previously received root canal therapy. Crown restorations can also provide cosmetic dental care by giving teeth an aesthetically pleasing look. Crown restorations can be made from porcelain, ceramic, or gold material.

The Process

Dental decay occurs when bacteria begin to eat away at the enamel of the tooth. When caught early, decay can be treated with a simple filling restoration. If tooth decay remains untreated for an extended period, a simple filling restoration will no longer provide sufficient tooth structure. To give the tooth the structure it needs, a permanent crown restoration is needed. Permanent crown restorations are also necessary for teeth that have previously been treated with root canal therapy as these teeth can have a compromised tooth structure. A permanent crown restoration will provide this tooth with the structure it requires.

A crown restoration requires two appointments; a preparation and a permanent cemrntation appointment. The preparation appointment will include shaping and preparing the tooth for the permanent crown, and the cementation appointment is to insert and permanently cement the cornw restoration on your tooth.

During your preparation appointment, Dr. Nawrot will first apply a topical gel and local anesthetic. Once you are feeling numb and comfortable he will remove all the decay from your tooth (if necessary). He will take impressions of your tooth so that our dental laboratory can have models to create your permanent crown from. After that a temporary crown will be placed on your tooth. Once the temporary crown is in place Dr. Nawrot will make sure it matches your bite, and shape and polish the tooth so that it looks and functions naturally.