What are crowns?
A crown is a cover that is placed over a discolored or badly shaped tooth to restore it to its ideal shape, size and color. In addition to improving your tooth’s appearance, a crown can make a tooth stronger. Crowns strengthen teeth with large fillings, keep weak teeth from breaking, restore broken teeth or attach bridges.
There are several types of crowns available, including ceramic, porcelain, resin and stainless steel. Dr. Lee or Dr. Melazzo will assess your situation for the best solution.
Are crowns for me?
If you are looking to keep your smile looking bright and full, a crown might be for you. Consult Dr. Lee or Dr. Melazzo about a crown if you have a tooth that is:
What is the procedure like?
Installing a crown generally takes two visits to our office.
One of our dentists will examine your tooth to see if you are a candidate for a crown. After concluding that your tooth needs a crown, Dr. Lee or Dr. Melazzo will prepare your tooth by filing it down. We might need to fill in your tooth if it is severely damaged so the crown can fit properly.
After priming the tooth, we will take an impression of the tooth and surrounding teeth for your permanent crown. We will send off this information and provide you with a temporary crown to wear until your final crown is placed.
When you arrive for your second visit, you’ll have your temporary crown removed first. Then, our dentist will place and fasten your new crown with an adhesive.
How long will it take me to heal?
When wearing your temporary crown, please avoid chewy foods that can pull at the crown or hard foods that can break the crown. Also, attempt to chew food on the opposite side of your mouth. You might feel a sensitivity in the area the crown was placed in, so it might be helpful to eat a softer diet for a few days.
Once the permanent crown is placed, you might feel that it is out of place in your mouth. However, your crown will begin functioning normally after a little time. To make sure that your crown is secured properly, avoid sticky foods for the first 24 hours after placement.