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Dental crowns are the perfect solution for various dental maladies. A broken tooth or a tooth that has been repaired with numerous fillings may be saved by a crown. A crown used at the completion of a root canal is often the appropriate step to seal the treated tooth. A dental implant may be covered by a crown as the final restoration. One thing is certain … whatever the application, the dental crown offers a means to salvage a tooth that otherwise may be lost.

Many people refer to dental crowns as “caps.” This is a very apt name as it describes exactly what the crown is intended to do. The crown caps the tooth to protect and guard it.

Crowns are available in different materials with the criteria being where in the mouth the crown is needed, and the financial cost to the patient.

Teeth located in the smile line will most often be made from porcelain. That is because porcelain allows the dentist to fabricate the crown to match the neighboring teeth in size, contour and shade providing for a cosmetic enhancement that so closely matches the natural teeth, no one will be able to tell.

For molar teeth that must endure the daily pressures from chewing, a stronger material may be selected.

The tooth to be crowned will be prepared by removing most of the natural tooth, taking an impression, and forwarding it to the lab where the crown will be made using the dental impression and the instructions provided by the dental professional. A temporary will be provided for the patient until the new crown is ready.

In about two weeks the new crown will be ready and the dentist will “try-in” the crown to make sure it fits. Once approved, the crown is permanently cemented into place.

At this time, the crown becomes a permanent and natural replacement for the biological tooth it covers. The patient may resume eating the foods most loved (with some exceptions like extremely sticky foods like caramel) which can loosen the crown.

The dentist will demonstrate the best way to floss around the crown to eliminate the possibility of dislodging it.

Daily brushing and flossing along with those twice yearly dental appointments at Fielder Park Dental for a thorough cleaning and dental exam will keep the dental crown functional and beautiful for many years.