A dental crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth to improve its size, shape and appearance. They cover the entire tooth; no part of the natural one is visible once a crown has been placed properly.
Here are some examples of situations when a crown may be needed:
– Teeth have extreme discoloration.
– A dental bridge needs to be held in the correct place.
– There is a huge filling in a tooth that continues to decay.
Several types of crowns exist There are metal, porcelain, resin and ceramic crowns. With all of the new technology that is available these days, it should not be surprising to hear that there are crowns available that have been constructed using digital means. These are very different from the previously listed types because there is no need for the dentist to create a physical impression.
There are temporary and permanent crowns. A temporary crown is placed in the mouth and only worn until a permanent one is constructed for you. It is important for you to take proper care of the temporary crown. Suggestions for taking care of your temporary crown include eating on the opposite side of the mouth from the crown and avoiding foods that are too hard and/or sticky. Depending on several factors a permanent crown lasts between 5-15 years. You will definitely get more wear if you make it a point to take good care of your permanent crown using great dental care procedures, like flossing and using mouthwash to make sure that the area around the crown stays healthy.
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