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Dental crowns are a form of tooth restoration, which are used to bolster teeth that have become damaged as a result of injury or decay. Dental crowns can be used to strengthen teeth that are cracked, badly chipped or weakened as a result of decay. They are sometimes referred to as caps because they sit over the top of the natural tooth.
Benefits of crowns
Crowns are beneficial because they help to make teeth that are damaged or decayed stronger and this prevents further weakening of the tooth. Crowns nowadays are designed to be as aesthetically pleasing as possible and are colored to match the color of the natural tooth – so that you cannot tell the difference between the crowned tooth and your natural teeth.
Crowns can be made from porcelain fused with metal, precious metals or entirely from porcelain, with all-porcelain crowns widely regarded as the best option for the natural, strong and durable results they promise. Porcelain crowns are not the cheapest treatment option, but dental crowns Costa Rica are considerably cheaper than in the USA, Canada and UK, and if you are willing to travel you could save a lot of money and enjoy a well-earned holiday.
As well as restoring the function of the tooth, crowns are also beneficial for aesthetic reasons and can be used to enhance the look of the teeth, make them stronger and offer resistance against damage and decay.
The procedure to fit a crown involves cleaning the affected tooth thoroughly, removing any decayed tissue and reshaping the tooth. An impression is then created of the tooth, which will be used as a template for the new crown. Once the new crown has been manufactured it will be fixed into place over the top of the existing tooth. You may be advised to have a temporary crown while the permanent restoration is being fabricated.