These are a popular form of treatment for broken or damaged teeth. Commonly known as ‘caps’: they are a type of replacement tooth which fits over a damaged tooth and presents a uniform appearance. They improve the appearance of this damaged tooth which ensures that it fits in with the rest of your teeth.
Another name for this is a ‘restoration’: it is a synthetic type of tooth which is produced from a range of materials and has a similar shape and colour to a natural tooth.
Crowns are often made from porcelain, ceramic or even gold. Sometimes they are a combination of several materials. These are the end result of a fusion between several metals and a porcelain casing.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth.They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
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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.
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