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The tooth crown, also called the “cap” is a tooth-shaped cap used to completely cover or recover a damaged tooth. It is the ideal and easiest way to repair broken or weakened teeth.
The tooth crown, also called the “cap” is a tooth-shaped cap used to completely cover or recover a damaged tooth. It is the ideal and easiest way to repair broken or weakened teeth. For these reasons, a dental crown is also required:
Dental crowns can be porcelain fused metal (PFM), all metal, all resin or all ceramic. Patients can choose from these materials, depending on their preferences or budgets.
Usually two visits to the dentist are required. The first is the examination and preparation of the tooth. There may be X-rays from different angles to check the roots of the tooth that receives the crown and surrounding bone. Sometimes the tooth may require root canal treatment first. The second visit involves the placement of the crown.
Local anesthesia around the tooth will be applied to the teeth and gum tissue. The dentist prepares (shapes) the tooth, gets the impression and places a temporary crown. The prepared dental model will be sent to the dental laboratory. On the second visit, the dentist will replace the finished crown.
Tooth crown operation takes up to 2 hours in two visits. There will be 2 to 3 days between appointments.
The dental crown can last 7 to 10 years or more, depending on how good it looks.
The shape of the tooth crown is slightly different from your original tooth before it is crowned. You may feel the difference at first, but after a few days you may not notice it. If you feel uncomfortable, some adjustments can be made by your dentist.