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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Dental Crowns

A dental crown (also called as dental cap) is basically a tooth-shaped covering that is placed over a tooth when it is severely damaged or decayed. They are used when the damage/decay is excessive, meaning that filling material cannot be used to make the tooth strong again. They are used to cover discolored teeth as well, since they cover the entire tooth right from the gum line.

These dental caps reinforce teeth by binding the sides of the damaged tooth together, much like a splint is used to hold a broken bone. Crowns are made from many different materials but there are basically three different types: gold, metal-ceramic crowns (both are ideal for back teeth since they are extremely durable) and ceramic crowns (used primarily for front teeth since they resemble the natural color of the tooth).

This treatment generally takes two visits to your dentist’s office and is performed under anesthesia.

Before the placement of the crown, your dentist will file the tooth down to make room for the cap. Here, your dentist will make an impression of your problematic tooth (or teeth, depending on the case) and a dental laboratory will be in charge in creating the crown. While this is being done, a temporary acrylic crown will be set in place. On your second visit, the temporary cap is taken out and replaced by the permanent crown.

If you are interested in receiving more information about this dental treatment, please feel free to contact us at any time. We’ll be more than happy to help you achieve the spectacular smile you’ve always desired!

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