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A crown is a restoration that covers a prepared tooth completely, protecting the tooth and giving it the shape of a tooth. Most crowns are currently tooth coloured with a metal base to provide strength, other materials are available. Crowns are made of ceramics or metal (only metal is provided by the NHS for molar teeth). Preparing a tooth for a crown usually takes 2 appointments, the first to prepare the tooth to the correct shape and to take an impression of it to send to the laboratory to get the final crown made, then normally a temporary crown will be fitted. At the next appointment the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown will be checked for fit and appearance (if appropriate) then cemented in place.

Teeth may require crowning when they have been heavily filled, broken, had root canal treatment or on some occasions to improve appearance.

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