Crowns & Bridges
A crown is essentially a porcelain covering that restores a broken or decayed tooth to its original shape and size. A crown is best utilized for a tooth that is badly decayed and cannot be restored with a filling. A crown can also be used to restore a tooth with a broken filling, chips, or cracks.
Placing a crown onto a tooth generally requires two appointments. At the first appointment, the patient is anesthetized and the crown is "prepped." This means that the decayed area of the tooth is removed. Also during that appointment, impressions of the tooth to be repaired are taken and a temporary tooth-colored covering is fabricated and placed over the tooth. About two weeks later, the final crown is placed. During that appointment, the temporary crown is removed and the final crown is placed with permanent cement.
Dr. Stirneman's office utilizes the most reliable labs and materials in the production of his crowns. This means that each patient receives a crown that is unrecognizalbe from the natural tooth and will last for years to come.