Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to break, or is too broken down to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly done after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. The larger the hole made by a cavity or defective filling that needs to be removed, the more likely it is that Dr. Green will recommend a crown. Keep in mind that teeth are subjected to tremendous pressures from chewing food. Crowns function to prevent breakage, as well as making for a nice smile. A crown may be completed the same day that decay or a defective filling is removed from the tooth. The tooth is shaped to accept the crown and a digital impression is made of the prepared tooth for use in fabricating a crown. The crown is made of high-strength porcelain, or a ceramic-like metal material known as zirconia, in the office. At the end of the appointment, Dr. Green adjusts the crown as needed and then cements it in place.
For more information about dental crowns and bridges, or to schedule a consultation for crowns and dental bridges, speak to a team member at 561-622-2815.