Replicates a natural tooth. A dental crown procedure completely covers a tooth and is performed to restore a broken tooth, protect, or strength a weak tooth (including a tooth that is chipped, fractured, has a large amount of decay, and/or has had a root canal. Also a crown can be performed as a cosmetic procedure to enhance the appearance of a person’s tooth and smile (including the color and shape), cover a dental implant, or included in a portion of a dental bridge.
The first visit includes shaping the existing tooth for the crown to fit properly, then an impression is made for the permanent crown, and sent to an offsite dental lab to create the restoration. The second visit entails cementing the crown into place for full coverage and ensure the health of the tooth. With good oral hygiene and care, minimal wear and tear (including grinding your teeth, jaw clenching, and or eating brittle or hard candy) dental crowns can last up to 8 years or longer.
According to the American Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons statistics show that 69% of adults between 35-44 years of have lost at least one or more teeth to accidents, decay, gum disease, or failed root canal.
It is important to replace the missing tooth/teeth as soon as possible due to the negative impact it has on a patient’s oral health. A single missing tooth can trigger a “domino effect” and cause additional tooth loss. The tooth that used to assist with biting and chewing food is now missing, the surrounding teeth have to work harder, which makes the surrounding teeth more prone to gum disease, decay, wear, and shifting into the now empty space.