Bozeman Restorative Care
Crown & Bridge:
Protecting damaged teeth and restoring functionality.
Dental crowns, also referred to as caps, help to restore functionality to badly damaged teeth due to fracture, cracks and/or decay. Teeth that have had a root canal performed on them will also be a candidate for a crown. Crowns restore a damaged tooth by encasing the tooth in a strong protective material such as gold, porcelain or zirconia. The crowns are fabricated in a lab that allows them to be perfectly designed to fit with the neighboring teeth and opposing tooth.
A diagnostic impression will be taken of the tooth receiving the crown before the tooth is reduced. This is done to form the temporary crown that will be worn for the few days it takes to get the crown back from the lab. The tooth is then reduced about 1-1.5mm on all exposed surfaces. This reduction allows for the necessary bulk of the crown to retain its strength. Once the tooth is reduced, a final impression is taken of the tooth. This impression is what is sent to the lab to have the crown made. A temporary crown is made using the first impression and is temporarily cemented into place. A shade match a clinical photo is taken to be sent to the lab as well for optimal aesthetic results. At the short follow up appointment the temporary crown is removed, the tooth is polished clean, and the final crown is cemented into place.
Once the crown is permanently cemented the patient should return to the normal hygiene routine of brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. If the patient is a habitual grinder or clencher a Night-guard can be made to protect the crown from unnecessary wear and tear.