Dental crowns are usually recommended when a tooth cannot be restored with a simple filling, often after a root canal is completed, the tooth fractures, or many fillings have already been completed on the tooth. Crowns are often made from zirconia but can be made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable.
The process of preparing and receiving a crown often involves two appointments after diagnosing a crown is necessary. The first appointment is longer and often involves a build-up, preparation, and impression. The build-up is a filling that is often necessary to provide support for the crown. The preparation allows the dentist to adjust all sides of the tooth to make enough space for the crown. The dentist makes an impression of the tooth and adjacent teeth and sends the impression to a dental lab. We will fit you with a temporary crown while we wait for the lab to craft your permanent crown, approximately two weeks after the preparation appointment.
During this time, the lab uses the impression to make a custom crown for you that feels as close to your natural teeth as possible. At the second appointment, the dentist will remove your temporary crown and use a permanent cement to seat the new crown into place.
The crown may take a little while to get used to, but after a few days it should feel like you have your own teeth back again. You should eat soft foods for the first few days after having your crown placed. After the initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want with no issues.