Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to break, or is too broken down to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly done after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. The larger the hole made by a cavity that has to be treated, the more likely a crown will be needed. Even after a filling is put in a large cavity, a tooth is more likely to break. Keep in mind that the jaw muscles are the strongest in the human body. Teeth are subjected to tremendous pressures. Crowns cover the entire visible surface of the affected tooth and ride over the weakened tooth, adding strength, durability, and tooth stability to protect against breakage. A broken or cracked tooth is a far more serious matter and much more difficult to treat.
It takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a crown. In the first, any decay is removed from the tooth and it is shaped to accept the crown. An impression is made of the tooth for use in fabricating a crown, and a temporary crown is affixed. A dental laboratory will create the permanent crown, usually of high-strength porcelain over gold alloy, all ceramic material, or gold. The crown is custom made to match your existing tooth color. During the second visit, the temporary crown is removed and the new permanent crown will be checked and adjusted, as necessary, to achieve a proper fit, and cemented in place.
In some cases, we may choose to use a Flipper instead of a temporary crown. A Flipper is a false tooth to temporarily take the place of a missing tooth before the permanent crown is placed. A Flipper can be attached via either a wire or a plastic piece that fits in the roof of your mouth. Flippers are meant to be a temporary solution while awaiting the permanent crown.
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