A crown is a type of dental restoration that covers a tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength. It is used to repair teeth that have been damaged by decay, trauma, or wear and tear. Crowns can also be used to improve the appearance of teeth by covering discoloured or misshapen teeth.

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There are several steps involved in the process of getting a crown. First, the damaged tooth is reshaped by filing down the enamel. This is done to make room for the crown and ensure that it fits properly. Next, a digital scans of the prepared tooth and surrounding teeth are taken and sent to a laboratory. The laboratory uses these digital scans to create a custom-fit crown that is made to match the color of the patient’s natural teeth.

While waiting for the permanent crown to be completed, a temporary crown is placed on the prepared tooth. This temporary crown is usually made of acrylic and is meant to protect the tooth and maintain its shape until the permanent crown is ready. Once the permanent crown is completed, the patient returns to the dental office to have it fitted and cemented in place. With proper care, crowns can last for several years.

There are several different materials that can be used to make crowns, including porcelain, porcelain fused to metal (PFM), and gold. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages, and the best choice for a particular patient will depend on the location of the tooth, the amount of force it will be subjected to, and the patient’s aesthetic preferences. Our dentists at Metro Pointe Dental Clinic will discuss the options with you and help you decide which type of crown is best for your needs.