Crowns, also called caps, are natural-looking and can whiten badly discolored teeth. They also repair and strengthen cracked, injured, or chipped teeth. Crowns minimize physical discomfort from damaged teeth. Ultimately, crowns can improve the overall appearance of your smile while helping to prevent your teeth from breaking.
A crown is a durable cap of hard material shaped like a tooth. It fits over the top of your existing tooth and is glued into place. Crowns fully cover the entire visible portion of a tooth above the gum line and are commonly made of tooth-colored porcelain, ceramic, or resin.
In addition to improving strength, size and appearance, crowns are the ideal way to,
- Protect a weak tooth from breaking
- Hold a cracked tooth together
- Put a new surface on a badly chipped or broken tooth
- Protect a tooth that has been weakened by a large filling
- Hold a dental bridge in place (a dental bridge spans a gap where a tooth is missing)
- Cover misshapen or irreparably discolored tooth
Ceramic and porcelain crowns look like natural teeth. The color is selected to match the nearby teeth in your mouth so the crown blends in perfectly—particularly important with front teeth.
Crowns normally require two visits and generally last up to 15 years depending on how well you take care of them. To preserve dental work, don’t bite fingernails, chew hard objects (like ice, pens or pencils) and don’t use your teeth to open packages.
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