A crown is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth that is decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are used to restore the shape, appearance and function of the damaged teeth. They may also be necessary after a root canal treatment, when a tooth has had a large filling or when it is broken. Crowns are available in a wide variety of materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials. However, it is with porcelain crowns that the most natural appearance can be achieved.
The process leading to a crown cementation generally consists of a minimum of two to three visits spread over a period of three to four weeks. Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is required to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. This helps in the prevention of gum disease. Given proper care, crowns can last a lifetime.