Compared to fillings which just cover a small portion of a tooth, a crown (or cap) encases the entire portion of a tooth. In effect, the crown acts as the tooth's new outer surface. A dental crown is used when a tooth is broken or decayed to such an extent that a filling is not able to repair the problem. The crown is able to provide a protective shell around the damaged or decayed tooth to strengthen it, as well as to improve the appearance of the tooth. A crown can also help restore the tooth to its original shape and size, especially if it is broken. While crowns come in different materials, the most common crowns typically have some mixture of porcelain in them to give them a look and feel of a natural tooth.
How it's done:
The first visit to Baum Family Dentistry involves reshaping the tooth and taking a digital impression of the tooth to create the crown. Typically a portion of your tooth will have to be removed for the crown to fit properly. After Dr. Baum has reshaped your tooth, he will use the Carestream 3600 intraoral scanner to create a digital impression of it. This digital impression will be sent to a dental laboratory, which will fabricate the permanent crown. Before sending you home, Dr. Baum will provide you with a temporary crown to cover your tooth in between visits. It is important, that if your temporary crown would come off to contact Dr. Baum so that the temporary crown can be recemented on the tooth, otherwise the tooth can shift or move and the permanent crown may not fit.
When you return, Dr. Baum will have received the permanent crown from the laboratory. The temporary crown will be removed and the new porcelain crown will be tried on to make sure it fits your bite. The porcelain crown will be cemented permanently in place, with a permanent cement. It is important to brush and floss around your crown, so decay does not occur around the margins.
Call (402) 486-4050 and schedule an appointment with Baum Family Dentistry, your cosmetic dental clinic in Lincoln, NE.