Dr. Sid Solomon Explains Conventional Crowns

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Article Submitted by Dr. Sid Solomon DDS

A crown is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown (also known as a cap) protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. I once calculated that I have restored over 100,000 crowns up to now.

Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crowns) are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years. Nevertheless, like most dental restorations, the life of even the best crown will depend on each individual’s lifestyle and oral care situation. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth,
giving you a natural, long-lasting, beautiful smile.

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown, which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.

While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.

At your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate. You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.


Dr. Solomon specializes in Full Mouth Reconstruction and Full Mouth Rehabilitation. With his advanced dental degrees and qualifications, he is able to effectively restore a patient’s entire mouth in only 2 visits. He ensures that the restorations look very natural, while maintaining and if need be, restoring the integrity of the patient’s bite.


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