When a tooth has a large cavity, is broken, or has had a root canal the doctor will recommend a crown.
A crown, also known as a "cap" is a permanent dental restoration used to cover the tooth and restore its shape, size and function.
A crown can:
- Restore a tooth when there isn't enough tooth remaining to provide support for a large filling.
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing.
- Restore a fractured tooth.
- Cover a badly shaped or discolored tooth.
- Cover a dental implant.
- Improve the appearance of a tooth.
There are several steps involved and two visits required to complete the treatment. The dentist prepares the tooth by removing its outer portion to accommodate the thickness of the crown. If the tooth has a filling, part of the material may be left in place to help as a foundation for the new crown. After preparing the tooth an impression is taken to provide an exact model for the lab, where they will construct your new crown. A temporary crown is put in place while the final crown is being made.
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