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What are crowns?

A crown is a restoration that covers, or ‘caps,’ a tooth to restore it to its standard shape and size, strengthening and improving the appearance of a tooth. When a tooth is generally broken down, crowns are necessary, and fillings won’t solve the problem. If a tooth is cracked, a crown holds the tooth together to seal the cracks so the damage doesn’t worsen. Crowns are also used to support a large filling when there isn’t enough of the tooth remaining, attach a bridge, protect weak teeth from fracturing, restore fractured teeth, or cover poorly shaped or discolored teeth.

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How is a crown placed?

It is reduced to prepare the tooth for a crown so the crown can fit over it. An impression of teeth and gums is made and sent to the lab for crown fabrication. A temporary crown is fitted over the tooth until the permanent crown is made. On the next visit, the dentist removes the temporary crown and cements the permanent crown onto the tooth.

Will it look natural?

Yes. The dentist’s primary goal is to create crowns that look like natural teeth. That is why dentists take an impression. Several factors are considered to achieve a particular look, such as the color, bite, shape, and length of your natural teeth. Any one of these factors alone can affect your appearance. If you have a specific cosmetic look in mind for your crown, discuss it with your cosmetic dentist at your initial visit. When the procedure is complete, your teeth will not only be more robust, but they may be more attractive.

Crooked Teeth Straightened with Crowns

A female patient has a discolored front tooth and an obvious tooth alignment problem. She would like front teeth that look normal without wearing braces for years.

These are the completed four crowns made of Ceramic tooth-colored material. (Empress)

Crown Before Crown After


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