Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on top of a tooth.
Crowns are typically used to protect a tooth’s strength and restore its function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. Crowns are also used to cover implants, to protect a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or to prevent a tooth with a large filling from fracturing. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.
Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
A tooth must be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. An impression is made of the existing tooth and sent to a lab, where a custom-designed crown is fabricated. In most cases, a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready.
With proper care, a high quality crown could last for many years. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess collection of plaque or debris around the restoration.
Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. In such cases, a night-guard will be prescribed to increase the longevity of any porcelain restoration.
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