A crown or caps as they are sometimes called, is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
A crown is made of ceramic or porcelain and manufactured to look like your existing teeth. Gold alloy crowns are also used when replacing back teeth for improved strength and porcelain attached to the exterior to give it a more natural look. The original, affected tooth is filed down and cleaned thoroughly to support the crown that
is secured over the top.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth coloured crown) is the most popular. 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 colour of your teeth, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.
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What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate moulds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mould 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 biteare accurate.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.