Crowns are protective coverings that surround the visible portion of a tooth, providing additional strength while helping to correct decay and other types of damage. Crowns are made of very durable materials that can be tinted to match the surrounding teeth so they look completely natural.
Crowns are used to:
The term “crown” also refers to an artificial tooth used in a dental implant procedure.
Applying a crown to a damaged tooth usually takes two visits. First, a small portion of tooth material will be removed to make room for the crown so it doesn’t crowd neighboring teeth. An impression will be made of the tooth and sent to a lab where the crown will be made, and a temporary crown will be placed over the tooth to protect it in the meantime. At the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed, and the tooth will be cleaned before the permanent crown is applied using a very strong bonding agent. Finally, the crown will be gently shaped to ensure a comfortable fit. Some crowns can be made and placed on the tooth in one visit using a technique called CEREC®, which stands for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.” CEREC® uses computers and other advanced technology to create a custom crown right in the office. The approach used will depend on the damage that’s being repaired and other factors.
Today’s crowns are exceptionally durable and, with good care that includes routine dental cleanings, crowns can last well over a decade before needing to be replaced.
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