When teeth suffer structural damage, whether from injury or failing fillings, we turn to crowns, inlays, and onlays to restore their integrity and appearance.
What is A Crown?
While the “crown” of a tooth is the portion we see above the gum line, “crown” also refers to the restoration placed on this area of a tooth. A restorative dental crown fits over the natural crown of a tooth. For durable crowns, Dr. Chin may suggest all ceramic, porcelain fused to metal, zirconia, or eMax ceramic material. In some cases, an all-metal crown may be required.
Designing & Placing
To prepare for a crown, Dr. Chin will shape your damaged tooth to receive the restoration. You’ll wear a temporary crown for a week or so, until the permanent restoration is delivered to us. Then you’ll come in for final placement and fitting of the permanent crown.
The crown will be seated with a highly durable dental cement, to ensure longevity. Dr. Chin will assess your bite, how upper and lower teeth fit together, and make adjustments if necessary. Expect mild soreness for a few days. An over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen, may help with the tenderness. Within a week, your crown will feel and function like a strong, healthy, natural tooth.
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