Crowns are used to repair teeth that have undergone root canals, have severe erosion, or extreme misallignment. The use of crowns is beneficial in any situation that requires greater tooth strength, or more pleasing aesthetics. Crowns, also called caps, are cemented to individual teeth. Crowns completely cover the tooth on all sides, helping to correct any problems that you might have with alignment. Crowns are fabricated from ceramic or ceramic and metal, and are indistinguishable from adjacent teeth.
Having crowns applied takes two or three appointments so that your teeth can be prepared and impressions can be made. The impressions are used to fashion a porcelain, or other suitable material, crown that fits into the contour of the remaining teeth. While your permanent crown is being created in a laboratory, you will wear a temporary crown that maintains your appearance and ability to function. Often crowns are added to existing teeth to create better connecting surfaces for attachment of bridges and partial dentures.
Care & Maintenance
As with all treatments, crowns require meticulous oral hygiene; proper brushing and flossing techniques are effective in eliminating plaque and bacteria. Crowns can last the longest compared to other treatments depending on placement and forces placed on them.