A dental crown is a dental prosthesis that covers the entire surface of the affected tooth and restores its original function and appearance. A crown can be made of porcelain, a metal-ceramic mixture, or all metal. A crown may be required after major procedures on the tooth (e.g. root canal treatment, large fillings).
A crown can significantly prolong the life of the tooth, as the replacement made of a strong and durable material has a protective function and saves the affected tooth from further damage. It also provides an aesthetically pleasing appearance, as it restores the original shape and colour of the affected tooth.
Crowns are usually made in two steps. First, the dentist removes a layer of about 1-2 mm from the surface of the affected tooth and then takes an impression. The impression is then sent to the dental laboratory where the crown is made. In the second step, the dentist attaches the crown to the affected tooth.
It is important to know that crowns are not a solution in all cases. If the affected tooth is severely damaged, it may need to be extracted. However, if the affected tooth can still be repaired, a crown is the best option for reasons of durability and aesthetics.
If you think a crown is necessary, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist. He or she is the best person to examine the affected tooth and determine what type of crown would be most suitable for restoration. Crowns play a key role in creating a healthy smile and reliable tooth replacement.