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Dental Crowns

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Dental Crowns

Just as people age, so do their teeth. Over time, natural teeth weaken and become more susceptible to decay, cracks and discoloration.
Your dentist may notice during a routine visit that a tooth has become infected by decay or has become weakened or cracked. If so, he recommend that a crown be installed.
Crowns are used to strengthen and protect a tooth from further decay. They can be made from a variety of materials, specifically porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. In modern dentistry, a porcelain-finished crown creates the most natural look and feel and can easily be matched to the shade of your natural teeth. The more natural it looks, the better it will blend with your existing teeth.
The procedure to place a crown can take 2 to 3 visits to your dentist. During the first visit, the tooth that is to receive the crown will be shaped by filing away some of the existing enamel. This will ensure a precise fit when the crown is placed over the existing tooth. The patient will receive a local anesthetic during this part of the procedure so there is no discomfort. after the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken and sent to a dental lab for fabrication. When the fabricating is finished, the crown will fit over the existing tooth and look just like the surrounding teeth. Before leaving the office, your dentist will install a temporary crown that will be removed when the permanent crown is ready.
In 2 to 3 weeks, the permanent crown will be finished. The patient will receive a local anesthetic to numb the area before the crown is placed. It is secured to the existing tooth with cement to ensure it stays in place.
When you look in the mirror the next morning, you will have a brand new smile. Crowns are durable and should last a minimum of 10 years, with some lasting as many as 20 years. Care for your crown as you would your natural teeth. Brush and floss regularly and use an antiseptic mouthwash to rinse.

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