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Porcelain crown

Dental Crown

A crown, or cap, may be constructed to restore an individual damaged tooth back to its original form and function, while a bridge may be used to replace one or more teeth. Prostheses such as these are available in porcelain or gold.

What are Dental Crowns?

When tooth decay requires treatment beyond the scope of fillings, a tooth crown or cap is usually the answer. It's a covering to replace the part of your tooth above the gum line.

Crowns are necessary when teeth are broken down due to decay, fracture, or bite problems or when they just need to look better. They can be placed on the decayed tooth's natural root, if it's still healthy, or on an implanted artificial root.
They can be used to:

  • Restore a fractured tooth

  • Cover badly shaped or discolored teeth

  • Protect weak teeth

  • Attach a bridge


Dental Crown Procedure

  1. During your first visit:

    • The tooth to be repaired is prepared by removing all decay and damage.

    • Dr. Hill will take an impression of the tooth and send that impression, or mold, to the dental lab where your crown will be custom-made.

    • While you wait for the permanent teeth crown to be made, you can have a temporary crown to cover that tooth, protecting it and giving you a better chewing surface.

  2. In your second visit, approximately two weeks after the first:

    • Dr. Hill will attach the crown temporarily and have you bite down, to test the crown's shape.

    • If necessary, she'll do some fine-tuning, until your teeth meet in a correct and comfortable way.

    • When both you and she are satisfied with the fit, Dr. Hill will use dental cement to permanently attach the crown, and it becomes your new tooth.

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