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Crown

Category(s): Dental

A dental crown is essentially a fake tooth or a tooth shaped "cap" that is placed over an existing tooth, post or implant abutment. They are primarily used to help preserve the functionality of a tooth when it has been damaged, cracked, or infected with excessive tooth decay. Permanent crowns are typically made of porcelain over a metal or zirconium base. There are also temporary crowns offered made of acrylic or stainless steel to be worn while a permanent crown is being made. Depending on the condition of the tooth needing a crown, a root canal or dental implant with abutment may be necessary prior to the process of making a crown. The crown is then fitted by the dentist using an impression of the tooth (after filing down and reshaping the tooth or placing an implant) which is sent to a nearby lab. The final crown is then permanently attached with a dental cement and final shaping can be done by the dentist if needed.


 


 
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