For someone who has damaged a tooth, a crown can provide an effective way to restore that tooth and prevent additional damage.
Although veneers are also able to repair damaged teeth, a crown may be a better option for some patients whose teeth have suffered significant structural damage, according to the Academy of General Dentistry.
Crowns are able to be affixed to natural teeth or to dental implants. As part of the preparation process, a dentist reduces the tooth so that the cap can fit.
Then, they make an impression of the patient's teeth and gums, which is submitted to a lab - meanwhile, a temporary crown is fitted until the permanent one can be affixed.
The AGD says that with good dental care and regular dental checkups, crowns can last for several years. Habits such as teeth grinding, chewing ice or biting fingernails may reduce their lifespan.
Crowns can be made from metal, porcelain, resin or ceramic. Ceramic and porcelain offer the most natural look, but metal is considered to be the sturdiest material for a crown.
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