A crown is a lab created “cap” that serves as a replacement for a tooth. It fits over a tooth or dental implant. Crowns restore a tooth’s strength, function, and appearance.
Essentially, a crown becomes the new outer layer for a tooth. Crowns are used for several reasons. Following root canal therapy, crowns are used to protect the remaining tooth and provide function. Crowns are used to cover a tooth with large fillings if the tooth structure has weakened. The teeth that are next to bridgework may be crowned to provide the bridge with a solid source of attachment. Additionally, a crown may be used with an implant to replace a lost tooth. A crown can also protect teeth with cracks and cover teeth that are discolored, chipped, or poorly shaped.
Crowns are created in a lab based on molds of your teeth and gums. Crowns are made of various materials depending on the strength requirement and desired appearance. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, such as gold, or a combination of both.
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