At Joseph P Nore DDS, we see many patients with cracked, worn or damaged teeth with decay. To help your smile achieving its crowning glory, we may need a crown to protect and cover your tooth. 

We may recommend a crown to protect a tooth with a large filling when there is not enough tooth structure to hold the filling. A crown can also be used to attach a bridge or restore or protect a weak tooth from breaking. A crown is also an excellent, cosmetic way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped.

No matter why you need a dental crown, our dentists are kings in the art of crowns and will make sure your unique restoration restores function and improves your smile. 

1.) What is a crown? 

A crown is a "cap" or cover that the dentists puts on the existing tooth. The purpose of a crown is to make the tooth stronger or to improve the way it looks. 

2.) What are crowns made from? 

Crowns can be made from several types of materials including metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, composite resin or combinations of these materials. When making a crown, the material is often colored to blend in naturally with your teeth. 

3.) How long does receiving a crown take? 

Receiving a crown on a tooth will take 2 visits. A preparation and a delivery visit. Continue to question four to learn about what steps are involved. 

4.) What are the steps to receiving a crown? 

At your first visit (or preparation visit), your dentist will examine the tooth. This may include X-rays or intra-oral photographs. If your tooth has extensive decay, wear, or there is an overt risk of infection or injury to the tooth's nerve, a root canal may be recommended. After numbing your tooth with local anesthesia, your dentist will file your tooth to a smaller version to make space for your cap. After this re-shaping, an impression or mold will be taken which will be sent off to make your crown. You will at this point receive a temporary crown. At your next visit (delivery visit), your dentist will remove your temporary crown and cement your new finished crown. Before cementing your new crown, we may take X-rays and make adjustments. 

5.) What are the steps to receiving a crown? 

Your temporary crown is a temporary fix until your new, custom fit crown is ready. Avoid sticky, chewy foods and minimize use of this side of your mouth when chewing. Also, slide flossing material out rather than lifting out when cleaning your teeth. If your temporary crown is dislodged, fractured or lost, contact us to make an appointment as soon as possible.

Still got questions?

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