A crown is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth that is decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such, as porcelain, gold, or a mix of these materials. Porcelain generally has the most natural appearance, although it is often less durable because porcelain has the ability to crack just like natural teeth. That is why our office always recommends gold crowns in areas of the mouth that are not visible when smiling.

Dr. Watkins takes great pride in making his porcelain crowns look like natural teeth. You will no longer see that unsightly dark line at the gum line.

The treatment plan for a patient receiving a crown involves two visits:

First Visit

We want the entire procedure to be comfortable for you, so the first thing we do is make sure your mouth is thoroughly numb. We then use the handpiece to remove the decay and reshape the tooth. If needed, the tooth is rebuilt to give the tooth more strength and give the crown more to hold on to.

Afterwards, we take impressions of your mouth to create models of your teeth which the dental laboratory will use to fabricate your crown. A temporary crown is then fitted over your tooth, adjusted for proper fit and cemented in place with temporary cement.

Second Visit

During the next visit, we remove the temporary crown and place your new crown. We check the fit, the bite, and the color. Only when everything is perfect will we cement it in place.

Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is required to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. This helps in the prevention of gum disease and new decay. Given proper care, your crown can last many years.