Crowns are meant for teeth that are structurally sound, but outwardly damaged and in need of a new outer layer. Also called caps, crowns encase the entire tooth. The crown provides protection and strength to the tooth while maintaining its original shape and size. Available in a variety of materials, porcelain and zirconia are the most popular. Both of these allow the color, shape, size and function of natural teeth to be very closely matched. Crowns are reliable for many years before requiring replacement.
Reasons for a Crown
- Broken or fractured tooth
- Cosmetic purposes
- Excessive decay
- Cracked or extra large fillings
- Cover root canal
It will take Dr. Walton two appointments to complete your dental crown procedure. During the first appointment, several impressions will be molded of the area so that the crown can have a perfectly engineered fit. Two custom crowns will be formed from these. The temporary will be worn for two weeks while the permanent is being created in a lab.
The process begins with numbing, followed by decay removal. Once the surface of the tooth is smoothed and shaped for a comfortable fit, the temporary crown is adhered with temporary cement. Before leaving, the patient’s bite is examined to ensure the mouth will function properly for the next couple weeks. At the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed. The tooth is cleaned spotlessly before the permanent crown is installed. Dr. Walton takes pride in an exact fit. He will schedule your follow-up appointments at his Columbus office and send you with any necessary care instructions.
Procera brand crowns are all-ceramic and extremely durable. Procera crowns offer a top of the line aesthetic result, easy installation and quick results. Recently, it has become the choice selection over typical, metal core crowns. In the end, the Procera crown should blend in perfectly with other teeth. Afterward, brush and floss as recommended by your dentist. Normally, it will serve the patient for life.