Dental crowns restore damaged teeth by covering them and preventing further weakening. The remaining tooth structure is strengthened, allowing you to eat, drink, and smile like you used to.
Although often to used to repair injured teeth, dental crowns also serve the following purposes:
- Anchoring a bridge or denture
- Covering discoloured fillings
- Preserving your tooth after a root canal
Most crowns are made from the following materials:
- Stainless steel: A popular choice for children because they are inexpensive easy to apply
- Metal: Durable and especially recommended for back teeth
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal: These crowns are porcelain with an inner metal casing, resulting in a natural appearance
- Ceramic or porcelain crowns: Commonly used to restore front teeth because of their translucency and natural appearance
It usually takes around two visits to be fitted for a crown. First, your dentist will shape your tooth, take ceramic impressions, and provide you with a temporary crown to protect the treated tooth. When the permanent crown arrives from the dental laboratory, a second appointment will be scheduled to fit it.
A well-fitted crown will restore a damaged smile and last for many years. For more information about dental crowns, please contact your local Quality Dental Care practice today and let us restore beauty and functionality to your smile.