A dental crown, also referred to as a cap, completely covers a tooth. It is a dental prosthetic that has several uses. It can be used to:
Additionally, crowns are used as abutments to support a dental bridge. They also cover dental implants and teeth that have been treated with a root canal.
To place a crown, the affected tooth must first be prepared. It will be cleaned of decay and reshaped/resized in order to make room for the crown to fit. This requires a small portion of the enamel to be filed down. Once it has been prepared, a mold will be taken of the tooth and the surrounding teeth to be sent to a dental lab where the crown will be created. A temporary crown can be placed to protect the tooth in the meantime. A second visit will be needed about two or three weeks later to have the permanent crown cemented into place. The dentist will check for the fit of the crown, making adjustments as needed, and fasten the crown to the tooth with a special adhesive.
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