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A common dental restoration

Reviewed by Edward Kwon, DDS | Updated October 31st, 2022

Contemplating a tooth extraction

Crowns, or caps, are used to preserve the appearance and functionality of a damaged tooth. Crowns are larger than fillings, and are used to cover a portion of a tooth lost to decay, damage, or for other dental procedures. Each crown is custom made to fit your mouth functionally, and should visually look as good, if not better than the original. Once the crown has been created at a dental lab, it will be cemented on, and can last decades with the right care.

What should I do if I lose or break a crown?

Dental crowns will occasionally fall off, break, or get lost. Sometimes the tooth will feel sensitive, or you may even develop a toothache. When this happens it is important to see a dentist immediately to get the crown replaced. If your crown has been lost or damaged, you can get a temporary crown while a new one is made.

Temporary crowns

Temporary crowns are an extremely versatile temporary tooth restoration. They can be used to replace a lost crown, cover a broken or chipped tooth, cover a root canal, and other situations. They are made on site, and usually take less than an hour to make and place.

Making impressions of your teeth

When you are fitted with a temporary crown, the dentist will also make an impression of your teeth in order to create a permanent crown. The temporary crown should last until the crown is made, and can be safely placed. Temporary crowns are designed to last only a few weeks, so you’ll need to be careful with how you chew on that part of your mouth until the permanent crown is in place.

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