Dental Crowns, also known as caps, are extremely durable restorations that cover the entire visible part of your natural tooth.
They are commonly used to restore extensively damaged teeth to bring them back to a natural size, shape, and colour. They are made from either porcelain, porcelain fused to metal or gold. Porcelain and porcelain fused to metal crowns are colour-matched to your teeth and shaped according to your natural smile. The type of crown used for you will depend on a number of factors including strength necessities and visual concerns and will be decided upon by you and the dentist.
A crown might be recommended for:
- Teeth that have been compromised by large, failing fillings
- Cracked or fractured teeth
- Root Canal Treated teeth – subsequent to Root Canal Treatment, teeth can become brittle and have a higher chance of fracture and thus must be guarded by a crown
- Extensively damaged teeth due to decay.
What does the crown process include?
During the first appointment, the tooth is prepared in a precise manner to ensure that the tooth retains the new crown and that the aesthetics of the crown are perfect. After the preparation of the tooth is completed, the dentist will then take impressions of the teeth.
After the impressions have been taken, the dentist will position and place a temporary crown, or bridge in the case of numerous teeth. The temporary crown is made of an acrylic material and is used to guard the tooth and gum tissue until the second appointment.
Second dental crowns visit
On the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed. In this appointment, the dentist will adjust and fit the final crown to perfection and assess the visual look of the crown. Once the dentist is pleased with the shape and aesthetics of the crown, they will secure it to the tooth using a permanent cementation technique. Once your new crown has been placed, it is common that you may experience slight sensitivity to cold food and beverages in the following weeks. However, if the sensitivity is extreme or does not go away, or if it feels abnormal to bite with your new crown, then contact the dentist as extra adjustments to the crown may be needed.
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