What is a crown?
A dental crown, also known as a “cap”, is a large tooth-shaped filling. It is placed over a tooth covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, or to improve its appearance. Crowns fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
Why is a dental crown needed?
- A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
- To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or fracturing
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- To restore and support a tooth with a large filling when tooth structure is lacking
- To restore misshaped or severely discolored teeth
- To restore a dental implant
How should I care for my temporary dental crown?
The temporary crown serves two purposes: it protects the prepared tooth underneath, and to prevent surrounding teeth from shifting. Because “temporary” crowns are just that, please follow these precautions:
Avoid foods that are hard, crunchy, sticky, and chewy. When in doubt, leave it out!
Minimize use of the side of your mouth with the temporary crown.
When flossing, insert the floss and pull it out through the side.