A dental crown is a cover designed in the shape of a tooth that encloses the entire visible portion of the tooth. They are protective caps positioned atop compromised teeth. They are used to shield, encase, and restore the contours of teeth when fillings are insufficient to address the issue.

In contrast to a dental filling, which addresses only a part of the tooth, a crown covers the entire tooth’s structure, it is securely bonded onto your tooth, completely concealing the visible part of the tooth. Treated teeth with crowns should function and feel just as natural teeth do.

Typically employed for fractured or weakened teeth, the final crown is available in a variety of materials and can serve as a substitute for any tooth. The most commonly utilised materials for dental crowns are dental ceramics like porcelain or zirconia, shaded to match the nearby teeth.

They typically don’t demand special maintenance over time aside from regular oral hygiene practices.

Frequently Asked Questions

A dental crown is an artificial cover that is placed over a damaged tooth to achieve a natural look and safeguard the remaining tooth structure.

Applying a tooth crown is a good way to protect and preserve a damaged tooth for many years to come. With a little extra care in your oral hygiene routine, dental crowns should last for 10 years or more.

• For chipped, cracked or broken tooth repair
• To add strength to a weakened tooth, especially after a root canal
• Where a tooth has decayed and too much is missing for a filling
• To improve the cosmetic appearance of teeth.
The dentist examines and prepares the tooth that needs the crown. This might involve taking X-rays of the tooth. They also may take an impression of your tooth or mouth beforehand. Your dentist will remove part of the outer layer of the tooth to ensure the crown fits correctly with your bite. The impression will then be sent to a local laboratory for the crown to be made. Once made, the dentist will fit the crown for you at the practice.
Crowns can repair and strengthen damaged teeth. They are also known to improve tooth appearance, including colour, shape, and even apparent alignment. It can also protect the tooth against further decay and fewer dental appointments are needed as dental crowns require little time to be completed, compared to other options of treatment.

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