crownsCrowns (or sometimes called capsĀ) are dental restorations to help restore a tooth to its natural shape and function and help protect the remaining tooth structure from further damage. Crowns are often times needed when a root canal has been performed or a cavity or a break in a tooth is so large that a filling would not be able to fill or ensure that the tooth would not break in the future. At this appointment the tooth to be crowned is prepared and reduced to allow room for the crown to fit over the tooth. An impression is then taken of the tooth and sent to a lab for fabrication of the crown. A temporary crown is made in the office and placed over the prepared tooth while the permanent crown is being made at the lab. Approximately 2 weeks later at a short appointment the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is cemented on. Crowns may be made of a variety of materials. Cosmetic porcelain or zirconia are current popular options. Other types of crowns include the traditional porcelain fused to metal crowns or full cast gold crowns. There are advantages and disadvantages to the different variety of crowns. Items to consider when deciding the type of crown to have made include: will the crown be visible, health of the gum tissues around the crown, the cost of the crowns, the durability of the crown, and any habits such as bruxism (teeth grinding) which may affect the longevity of the crowns.

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