A crown covers the entire chewing surface and sides of the tooth.
We want to create a crown that looks natural and feels comfortable. To achieve that, several factors are considered including the color, occlusion or “bite”, the shape and the length of your natural teeth.
Several steps are involved and two dental visits generally are needed to complete the treatment. Dr Gall prepares the tooth by removing its outer portion to accommodate for the thickness of the restoration.
An impression is made to provide an exact model of the prepared tooth. The laboratory technician (following Dr. Gall’s written instructions), then uses the model to help develop the shape and size of the restoration.
A temporary covering is placed over the prepared tooth while the final indirect restoration is made. When ready, Dr. Gall puts it into place and makes the necessary adjustments. When you and Dr. Gall are satisfied with how it looks and feels the restoration is cemented onto the tooth to provide many years of service.
To prevent damage, avoid chewing very hard foods, ice or other hard objects, such as pencils. This is especially important for porcelain restorations. Brush twice a day and floss once a day to remove plaque and keep regular visits with our office.
We have examples of crowns in our photo section.