What are they?
· When are they needed?
· Placement process
· Aftercare

What are they?
Crowns are made of metal, ceramic or a combination of the two and require very high temperatures in converting the carved wax representation into the finished product. Crowns are fitted to a model of your mouth that is made at the time the teeth are prepared in your mouth. The crown is shaped and fitted to this model in the laboratory before the dentist tries it in your mouth. This process ensures that the crown will have a fit and appearance that will last for many years.

When are they needed?
When a tooth is fractured, severely damaged by decay, or has a large old filling, a crown ( also called a cap ) is often placed. A crown strengthens the tooth, protects the remaining tooth structure and can improve appearance. The location of the tooth, the intensity of the bite, and your requirements as a patient are some of the factors used in deciding which type of crown is best for you.

Placement Process
The tooth is prepared to accept a crown. All old fillings, decay and unsupported tooth is removed to ensure a solid foundation for the new crown. An impression of the prepared tooth is made, and the appropriate shade of the crown is determined to match the patients tooth color. A temporary crown is made, usually of tooth-colored plastic, to cover and protect the tooth until the crown is ready. The crown is tried on for a fit, shape and color. The bite is checked and adjusted. If all is satisfactory, the crown is bonded to the tooth.

· If continual discomfort is experienced after placement contact your dentist
· Flossing and proper brushing is a must
· Brush gently but thoroughly where the crown meets gums
· Avoid hard food or ice
· Limit snacks
· See dentist regularly