The crown of a tooth is the part which is visible in the mouth. An artificial crown completely covers a damaged tooth above the gum line and protects it. Crowns can also improve the appearance of misshapen or discoloured teeth. Crowns are made of metal or porcelain, or porcelain with metal inside for strength. The colour and shape can be matched to your own teeth.
this is sometimes called 'removing the nerve'. The crown is sometimes held in place by a peg (or post) in the root canal if a lot of the tooth is missing. Your dentist will use a soft mouldable material to make an exact 'impressions' of the tooth that is to be crowned and the nearby teeth. A dental technician uses the impressions to make the crown the exact height and size needed.
A temporary crown made of plastic or metal is put over the tooth until the permanent crown is made. You can chew on a temporary crown but it won't be as strong as the finished one. When the crown is ready, the temporary one is removed and the permanent one put in its place. The dentist will make small adjustments to make sure you can bite comfortably.
Crowns are usually made out of a mixture of metal and porcelain which is faced onto the metal to improve the appearance. More cosmetic crowns can be constructed from specially formulated porcelains. These look better because they do not have any metal within them which often affects the appearance.
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