A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
Reasons for crowns:
- Broken or fractured teeth.
- Cosmetic enhancement.
- Decayed teeth.
- Fractured fillings.
- Large fillings.
- Tooth has a root canal
What kind of follow up care should I expect?
Fortunately, a crown function almost exactly like your normal teeth, so you will rarely notice that it is even present. The dentist will give you care instructions and the continued practice of brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly will help ensure the proper functioning of your new crown. The high durability of porcelain crowns helps them to last many years, but they may eventually need to be replaced.