The visible part of a tooth is called the crown. If it gets damaged, it’s important to protect the healthy portion of the tooth with a prosthetic crown.
What does a crown look like?
A crown is an artificial hollow tooth. Made of ceramic, composite resin and sometimes even gold, crowns are custom-made using dental impressions. The dentist will install the crown so that it completely covers the surface of the damaged tooth and blends in with the natural teeth.
When are crowns needed?
- After a root canal
- Deep cavity
- Broken or badly damaged tooth
- Deformed, discolored or misaligned tooth
How is a crown installed?
During the first appointment, the affected tooth is trimmed so that it is ready for the crown. A detailed impression is made of the affected tooth and the surrounding teeth. Then, using local anesthetic, a temporary crown is installed.
The permanent crown is affixed using dental cement during the second appointment. After adjusting it and checking its shape and color, your tooth will regain its original appearance.
How long a crown lasts varies by patient. Poor oral hygiene or bad habits, like nail chewing, can damage the crown.