If you have a tooth that is cracked, broken or misshapen, you may want to consider asking your dentist about crowns.
Crowns provide a covering that can help a tooth resemble its pre-damaged self again. It can also hold a fractured tooth together or cover up a discolored tooth.
Some people who are considering cosmetic dentistry options may find they have a choice between a crown and a veneer. Crowns are generally recommended for teeth that have sustained significant damage to their structure, according to the Academy of General Dentistry.
Sometimes they are also used as a replacement for missing teeth. A dentist can help you decide which option is best for you.
Before a dentist applies a crown, they will slightly reduce the tooth and take an impression of the teeth and gums. This impression is used by lab technicians to form the permanent crown. In the meantime, a temporary crown will be fitted.
Following the procedure, patients are advised to take special care not to damage their crown by avoiding biting down on hard foods or ice. The AGD also recommends that these people pay particular attention to the crown area when flossing.
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