A natural dental crown is that portion which is covered with enamel and is generally above the gum line. The original tooth crown is made of white enamel on the outside and yellow dentin supporting the enamel under it.
Dental crowns are the optimal choice in such situations. They provide protection to the vulnerable tooth and add structural support. Minimizing the possibility of decay since crowns seal the tooth from the rest of the mouth. This means that the longevity of the decaying tooth is drastically increased.
An artificial dental crown sometimes called a “cap” is a dental restoration made in a dental laboratory based on the impressions taken at Baseline dental care clinic. Artificial teeth crowns can also be used as part of a bridge or as a restoration over an implant. A tooth crown will protect the tooth structure from a fracture. The most common method of crowning a tooth involves using a dental impression of a prepared tooth by a dentist to fabricate the crown outside of the mouth.
There are three basic types in dental crowns:
- All porcelain crowns
- Porcelain fused to metal dental crowns
- All metal dental crowns
Crowns are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.
The dentist may recommend a crown to:
- Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
The dentist will prepare the tooth for the ideal shape for the crown. This will involve removing a layer of the outer surface, leaving a strong inner core. The amount of the tooth removed will be the same as the thickness of the crown.
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