A crown fits over and replaces the entire part of a decayed tooth above the gum line. It encases the tooth and becomes the tooth's new outer surface.
You will typically need two or more visits to our office to repair a tooth needing a crown. In certain cases a CEREC crown can be done in our office, usually in a single visit.
A crown is recommended for several reasons:
- To treat teeth that have broken or decayed so much that they cannot be repaired with a filling
- To repair a leaking, cracked or defective filling
- To improve how a tooth looks
- To strengthen and cover a tooth after root canal treatment
In all of these cases a crown should feel and look just like a healthy tooth.