What are crowns?
A crown is a covering for the outside surface of the tooth and is used when a broken or weak tooth needs more support than a simple filling can provide. Our crowns are made of porcelain, gold, stainless steel, or porcelain fused to metal.
When finished, the crown covers the part of the tooth that is above the gum line. Dr. Hatchett will prepare the tooth by removing some material so that the new crown will fit flush with your gum.
Crowns usually take two appointments to complete. At the first appointment, we’ll prepare your tooth by reshaping it to prepare the tooth for the new crown. Then we’ll take an impression of the prepared tooth. The impression is used to make a model of the tooth, which the lab then uses to create the final crown.
Since it usually takes the lab about two weeks to prepare the final crown, we’ll place a temporary crown over the prepared tooth to cover and protect it. When you come for your second appointment, we’ll remove the temporary crown, adjust the new crown for a perfect fit, then cement it into place.
If you think you may need a new crown, please give us a call. We’ll be happy to arrange a consultation so we can discuss all your options.