A crown, sometimes called a “cap” is a tooth-like covering placed over a carefully prepared existing tooth in order to strengthen, restore, and improve the appearance of the natural tooth. Although crowns serve many functions, the most common is to support a tooth when there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left to place a filling. Crowns may also be used to protect the structure of a tooth that is fractured or broken.
Crowns at Tremont Dental Care are made from gold alloys, high-precious alloys, all-ceramic or a combination of metal fused to porcelain. We consider both appearance and function when selecting the most suitable material for you.
The placement of a crown requires great precision. The tooth is prepared by removing the outer portion to accommodate the thickness of the crown. An impression is made to provide an exact model of the prepared tooth. A temporary crown is then placed while the permanent crown is being made in a dental laboratory. Once the finished crown is ready, we make the necessary adjustments before cementing it in place. Our goal at Tremont Dental Care is to create crowns that look and feel as comfortable as your own natural teeth.
The entire procedure takes 2-3 visits to complete and generally requires the use of local anesthesia.