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A crown is a cover or “cap” your dentist can put over a tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size, and function. A crown can make the tooth stronger or improve the way it looks.
REASONS YOU MAY NEED A CROWN
You have a cavity that is too large for a filling
You have a tooth that is cracked, worn down, or otherwise weakened
You have had root canal treatment — the crown will protect the restored tooth
You want to cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth and improve your smile
WHAT IS A DENTAL CROWN MADE OF?
Crowns are made from several types of materials. Metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, zirconia, porcelain fused to metal, or composite resin may be used. When a crown is made, the material often is colored to blend in with your natural teeth.
STEPS FOR DENTAL CROWN PLACEMENT
It usually takes 2 dental visits to complete the treatment. When a crown is placed over a natural tooth, several steps are involved:
Your dentist prepares the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the outer portion so the crown will fit.. If additional tooth structure is needed to support the crown, your dentist may build up the core of the tooth with a strong filling material.
An impression is made to provide an exact model for the crown.
You may get a temporary crown while you wait for the permanent crown to be ready. This usually takes less than 2 weeks. While you have a temporary crown, the tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold and not feel very smooth. Avoid chewing gum and eating sticky, hard, or crunchy foods during this time.
When the new crown is ready, your dentist places it in your mouth and makes the necessary adjustments. When you and your dentist are happy with how it looks and feels, the crown is cemented into place.