The enamel of a tooth can be severely compromised by a fracture, missing filling or tooth decay that has been allowed to progress, unchecked. It the problem is not addressed in a timely manner it can even lead to an infection in the root of the tooth or other complications. In many cases the only viable solution to these large damaged areas is for your dentist to fit the tooth with a crown.
A crown effectively replaces most of the enamel of a tooth with artificial material such as gold, base metals or porcelain. The material the crown based of is largely influenced by its primary function in your mouth and how visible it is in you smile.
The process begins with the dentist examining the tooth and taking a few x-rays to make sure the dentin and root of the tooth are not compromised or infected. If the decay has penetrated beyond the enamel layer, they might need to perform a root canal first.
To mount the crown your dentist will first need to first create an abutment. This involves removing the majority of the tooth enamel leaving behind a small post containing the pulp and root of the tooth.
The dentist will then take an impression of the area, which will be sent to a dental lab that crafts your permanent crown. They will then cement a temporary crown over the abutment to protect it.
A few weeks later, the dentist will call you in for a brief second appointment. They will remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent crown in place.
If you have a tooth with severely damaged enamel or concerns that you might need a crown, please feel free to call us at 714-557-0882 to schedule an appointment.