Dental crowns, also called caps, fit over worn or damaged teeth. They can also serve a cosmetic purpose, restoring a discolored tooth to its former color. Your dentist may fit you with a temporary crown to protect a damaged tooth while the permanent crown is being made. Depending on the material used to make them, the wear they get and the care they receive, permanent crowns last about 5 to 15 years.
Crowns serve many purposes in restorative and cosmetic dentistry. They are an integral part of providing support to weakened or broken teeth. Untreated dental problems can lead to jaw pain, headaches and bite anomalies that could do further damage to otherwise healthy teeth. The following purposes illustrate some of the conditions for which your dentist might recommend crowns.
Dental crowns fall into three categories: full metal, porcelain fused to metal and porcelain. Your dentist will assess your dental health and discuss your options with you.
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