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What is a crown?

A crown is like a helmet for the tooth. It holds the tooth together so it doesn’t brake under pressure. A crown is recommended always when a tooth had a root canal treatment as it is weaker and more brittle. It is also recommended when the tooth has been weakened by very large fillings replacing large portions of tooth. Crowns can be made of metal, porcelain fused to metal and porcelain only. With the technological advances, porcelain crowns are very strong and they look very natural. Porcelain crowns are my first choice.

What is involved?

It takes 2 appointments to insert a crown. At the first visit, the tooth is prepared and decreased in size. A mold of the tooth is taken and a temporary crown is made. Typically two weeks later, the final crown has been fabricated and it is permanently cemented to the tooth.

Is it painful? 

No, the procedure itself does not hurt as the tooth is numbed. It can be sensitive once the freezing wears off. If the tooth is sensitive to cold, the sensitivity usually lasts couple of days to three weeks.

How long do crowns last?

Crowns will last a very long time if they are cleaned properly and flossed regularly!

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