When a tooth is fractured, severely damaged by decay, or has a large filling that becomes worn, a crown may be the best option. Crowns reinforce and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your smile. Types of crowns vary depending on materials used: full porcelain crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal (precious and non-precious), and all-metal.
The crown procedure is moderately simple. First we will anesthetize the tooth area. Once fully numb, the tooth is filed down so that the crown fits properly. Then, we will take an impression of the tooth to use in the construction of the crown.
The impressions are sent away to a dental laboratory to create your crown; meanwhile, we apply a sturdy temporary crown over the tooth while your permanent crown is manufactured. Once your permanent crown is ready, you will come back to Cartwright Family Dental and the crown will be applied. Now you have a bright healthy-looking new tooth!