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Protect your teeth from further damage with a crown. Dental crowns are used to cover a fractured or broken tooth that cannot be repaired using a composite filling.
Crowns are usually made from porcelain and are bonded to your tooth or a metal or ceramic abutment. You may require a dental crown if:
Dental crowns offer several advantages over other restorative dental treatments. The porcelain material used to construct the crown is highly durable and protects the structural integrity of the tooth. Crowns last longer than composite fillings and can correct poor alignment, excessive wear-and-tear, and enhance the color of your teeth.
There are very few disadvantages to getting dental crowns. The durable material can last for up to 10 years before they need to be re-cemented or replaced. There are a few conditions that can reduce the longevity of your dental crowns, including bruxism, jaw clenching, poor oral hygiene, and eating hard substances such as ice, hard candy, or biting fingernails.
Before the crown can be fitted, the affected tooth must be prepared by removing decay and removing a small amount of enamel from the surface of the tooth to make room for the crown. Once the tooth has been prepared, your dentist takes an impression of the tooth, which is then sent to an off-site lab to fabricate the crown.
While the permanent crown is being prepared, you may be fitted for a temporary crown. When your permanent crown is ready, it is cemented in place to blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth.