Crowns are generally a two-visit restoration. On your first visit, we will prepare the tooth, clean underneath the gum line, take a series of measurements and photographs, document your tooth shade and take a final impression to send to the lab. At this time, a provisional, or temporary, crown is prepped to protect your tooth until the permanent restoration arrives. The provisional is a good opportunity for you to give Dr. de Jongh feedback on the size, shape and color for your permanent crown.
Crowns are placed for a variety of reasons. For example, to protect a weak tooth from the wear and tear of normal bite force, to restore a broken tooth or one that has been severely ground down, to rebuild a tooth that was broken off at the root, to cover misshapen or discolored tooth structure, to hold a bridge in place or to cover a dental implant. In many cases, though, people choose crowns for strictly cosmetic purposes.