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My tooth is badly broken - what can I do?
When a tooth is badly broken or heavily filled, the dentist may need to crown or cap it to restore its appearance and strength. Tooth coloured ceramic crowns are now stronger cosmetically better alternatives to traditional gold crowns.
How does the Dentist make a Crown?
The usual procedure for fitting a crown involves shaping the tooth under local anaesthetic and then taking an impression using a rubber-like material. The impression is then sent to the laboratory along with the details of the shade to be used, where the technician makes the crown.
What happens to my Teeth while the Crown is being made?
While your crown is being made, the prepared tooth can be protected with a temporary crown, which is easily removed just before fitting the permanent one. In most cases, the temporary crown is in place for about two weeks.
What is a Crown made of?
Crowns can be made of a variety of different materials, such as porcelain or porcelain bonded to gold. New materials are continually being introduced. There are different crowns for different situations and it is a good idea to discuss with your dentist which crown would be best for you.