Dental crowns are used when a tooth becomes very heavily decayed, damaged, or cracked, and dental fillings are no longer enough to repair the tooth. Crowns serve as a permanent cover for the tooth, to save it from any further damage and prolong its life.
Situations a crown be may required include: broken teeth, fractured teeth, cosmetic enhancement, heavily decayed teeth, fractured fillings, large fillings, and root-canal treated teeth.
Crowns are often made with a variety of materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic, or a mixture of several materials. Porcelain is the most popular material for crowns and it most resembles your natural teeth in color and texture. The crown will be made to match the shape, size, and colour of your teeth to give off a natural, long-lasting, and beautiful smile. Porcelain crowns are highly durable and will last many years, though crowns may need to be replaced overtime, similar to other most dental restorations.
A crown usually requires two appointments with a dentist. The first appointment will prepare the tooth and take several molds or digital impressions that will be used to create your own crown. At the second appointment, your new crown will be carefully placed over the damaged tooth, and your dentist will fill the spacing and make sure your bite is accurate so your new crown functions and feels like your own tooth.