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Dental Crowns

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Dental Crown Procedure

A crown is basically a cap for a damaged tooth. It can be made from a variety of materials, including metal or porcelain. Crowns may be used to improve a tooth's strength or to change its size or appearance. Crowns can be made of metal, porcelain bonded to metal, ceramic, or resin. Before a crown is placed, the tooth to be covered is filed down. The crown is then attached to the filed down tooth with dental cement. Crowns typically completely cover a tooth, but onlays and three-quarter crowns cover less of the original tooth.

You might have a crown over a molar that rarely shows, except when you yawn widely, or you might have crowns on your front teeth that were specifically designed to match your other teeth.

Once the crown is in, it’s important to take good care of it. Careful attention to your crown can prolong its life.

You’ll want to be especially gentle with a temporary crown because the adhesive is only meant for temporary installations.

Brush as usual but be extra gentle. When you floss, try to pull the floss out from the side of the tooth instead of snapping the floss back upward, which could dislodge the crown.

Call your dentist if your temporary crown comes off or breaks while you’re waiting for the permanent crown. Your dentist can reglue it or make a new one for you.