- Description: A crown is a tooth covering that surrounds the entire tooth down to the gumline. Crowns are made of ceramic, metal or both. Each crown is custom designed by Dr. Appel and a laboratory to perfectly fit your tooth and match the opposing teeth.
- Reason for getting a crown: The most common use of a crown is to hold a weak tooth together. If a large amount of tooth structure is lost, the tooth will break if considerable pressure is placed on it, such as with chewing. A crown restores a tooth’s strength by surrounding and holding it together while also providing a high level of aesthetics.
- What to expect at your appointments: This procedure usually involves two appointments.
First Appointment – Decay and damage are removed, and the tooth is shaped so that a crown will fit over it. A putty impression is taken of the shaped tooth. A temporary plastic crown is then created and temporarily cemented onto the shaped tooth. The impression is then sent to a skilled laboratory where a custom crown is created.
Second appointment – The temporary crown is removed, the new custom crown is checked for the correct fit and aesthetics, and is then cemented into place.