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Crowns |

What is a Crown? | When are Crowns Needed? | Placement Process | Aftercare

What is a Crown?

Crowns are made of metal, ceramic, or a combination of the two and require very high temperatures in converting the carved was representation into the finished product. Crowns are fitted to a model of your mouth that is made at the time the teeth are prepared in your mouth. The crown is shaped and fitted to this model in the laboratory before the dentist tries it in your mouth. This process ensures that the crown will have a fit and appearance that will last for many years.

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When are Crowns Needed?

When a tooth is fractured, severely damaged by decay, or has a large old filing, a crown (also called a cap) is often placed. A crown strengthens the tooth, protects the remaining tooth structure and can improve appearance.

The location of the tooth, the intensity of the bite, and your requirements as a patient are some of the factors used in deciding which type of crown is best for you.

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Placement Process

Step 1

The tooth is prepared to accept a crown. All odd fillings, decay, and unsupported tooth is removed to ensure a solid foundation for the new crown. An impression of the prepared tooth is made, and the appropriate shade of the crown is determined to match the patient’s tooth color.

Step 2

A temporary crown is made, usually of tooth-colored plastic, to cover and protect the tooth until the crown is ready.

Step 3

The crown is tried on for a fit, shape, and color. The bite is checked and adjusted. If all is satisfactory, the crown is bonded to the tooth.

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- Flossing and proper brushing is a must

- Brush gently but thoroughly where the crown meets the gum

- Avoid hard food or ice

- Limit snacks

- See your dentist regularly

- If continual discomfort is experienced after placement, contact your dentist

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