A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original size and shape. Crowns are often needed when there is a large cavity or a crack that threatens the health of a tooth. They are often used to
improve the strength or appearance of teeth. Crowns are normally needed when you have a broken or fractured tooth, fractured or large fillings, if the tooth has a root canal, or it can be used as a cosmetic enhancement.
Porcelain crowns are the most common crown because they are made to look like your natural tooth. They are made to match the size, shape and color of your teeth. They are highly durable and are made to last for many years.
The crown procedure normally takes two appointments. On the first appointment, two impressions are taken. One will be used to make a temporary crown that will stay in place until the permanent crown is ready and the other is sent to the lab to make your permanent crown.
Once the patient is numb, the doctor will remove any decay and reduce the tooth and shape it to fit the crown. When the doctor has taken his final impression, the temporary crown is fitted and cemented with temporary cement.It takes approximately two weeks for the permanent crown to return from the lab. At the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed and excess cement is cleaned. The permanent crown is placed and the doctor ensures that the spacing and bite are accurate. The permanent crown is cemented in with permanent cement. It is very important to have regular dental visits to maintain the new crown.
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