If a tooth is damaged beyond what a filling can mend, Dr. Raggi in Ithaca, NY, might suggest a crown or a cap as a better option. The crown provides protection for a decayed tooth to help strengthen the health and appears of the damaged tooth by encasing it fully. Crowns are also used to restore a broken tooth back to its original shape and size. Crowns are created out many different materials but are often created out of porcelain which makes the tooth look and feel more natural.
How it's done:
First, your provider of cosmetic dentistry will have to reshape the tooth and take a digital impression for the crown to be created. This is a painless and easy process. Before the end of your visit, a temporary crown will be placed in order to protect your tooth in between visits.
At your follow-up visit, the final crown will arrive from the laboratory and is ready to be placed on the tooth. The crown will be cemented in place following a check that the color, as well as fit, match your already existing natural teeth.