Porcelain Crowns (Caps)
A crown (also called a cap) is a tooth-shaped dental prosthesis that covers the entire visible portion of a tooth. The purpose of a crown is to restore a tooth’s shape, size, strength, and appearance that has been damaged by decay or an accident. They cover the entire visible part of the tooth and are cemented in place.
The crown protects a weak tooth from further decay. The material used depends on what’s involved in the restoration and how long you want it to last.
Porcelain veneers are a great choice if you want to change the shape of your teeth, hide stains, and improve the overall appearance of your smile.
Tooth-colored crowns are popular for a number of reasons. As the name suggests, they look like your natural teeth and blend in with your smile. They’re also more affordable than porcelain crowns and can be made in one visit to the dentist.
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When do you need crowns:
- When you have broken or fractured teeth.
- When you need cosmetic enhancement.
- Whey you have decayed teeth.
- When you have fractured fillings.
- When there are large fillings.
- When your tooth has a root canal.
Before & After Porcelain Crowns
What does getting a crown involve?
At your first appointment, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth with a putty-like material, which will then be sent to a lab. Then, you’ll have to wait about three weeks for the crown to be made. During the first appointment of getting a crown for your teeth, your dentist will numb your mouth with a local anesthesia and mold your mouth into the shape that’s required for the crown.
The first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. This appointment takes about an hour and a half.
At the second appointment, your dentist will place the permanent crown and match it to your natural teeth. This crown will help your tooth protect it from damage or decay. A cap is used to cover an entire tooth to restore its appearance and function.
The second appointment of dental crowning includes making sure that the tooth is completely clean, making sure there are no cavities, making sure that the tooth isn’t cracked, and taking an X-ray to make sure that your mouth is healthy enough for a crown.
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