What are crowns or caps?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is place over a tooth, covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance.
A dental crown may be needed to protect a weak tooth from decay, breaking, or crack; to restore an already broken or severely worn down; to cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left; or to cover a misshaped or severely discolored tooth.
If I need a crown, do I also need a root canal?
No. Depending on your particular case, the fact that you need a crown doesn’t always mean that you need a root canal. However, there might be a chance on needing one in the future.
How is a crown done?
Your dentist will remove any decay present and do a core build up. Then, the dentist will prepare the tooth and take an impression to send to the dental laboratory. You will leave the office with a temporary crown, that you will be wearing for about two weeks. At the following visit, the permanent crown will be cemented onto the tooth.
How long does the crown last?
Depending on your home care, a crown could last between ten and fifteen years. You have to remember that you have to take care of it, by flossing, brushing, and having regular cleanings.
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