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.
There are several types of crowns. Porcelain (tooth colored crown) are popular because of their esthetic properties. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
Gold crowns are a good material choice in the back of the mouth because wear properties closely match natural tooth structure. To prepare a tooth for a gold crown is also more conservative as less tooth structure must be taken away in comparison to porcelain crowns.
In general, crowns are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced.
Dr. Tyree and Patton only use the highest quality dental labs in order to achieve maximum esthetic and clinical function. Dr. Tyree and Dr. Patton will not permanently cement the crown until both dentist and patient are 100% satisfied with the final product!
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What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. At your first appointment, while the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Instead of taking an uncomfortable impression, Dr. Tyree and Dr. Patton utilize the latest computer scanning technologies (Caldent Itero) to take a digital "impression" of the prepared tooth. The dentist will also create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately three weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate. An additional appointment may be require at no cost to the patient if Dr. Tyree, Dr. Patton, or the patient are not 100% satisfied with the color, shape or function of the crown.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.