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Crowns are an ideal way of restoring teeth that are broken, have an unsightly filling or are weak and decayed. Crowns fit over the shaped remainder of the tooth and are sometimes called “caps.” They are an attractive way to make your teeth stronger and more appealing.

Your Procedure
Dr. Geare will remove enough tooth tissue to allow room for the crown to fit over the tooth. Impressions are taken, top and bottom, to allow the technician to craft your crown in the laboratory. A temporary plastic crown is fitted, and when your permanent one is ready, (usually in one to two weeks) Dr. Geare cements it into place.

Taking Care of your Crowns
Your crowns should last for 5-8 years. If you grind your teeth, chew ice, bite your fingernails, or have other habits that could damage the crowns, the amount of time decreases.

To prevent damage, avoid chewing hard foods or using your teeth as tools. Other than visiting Dr. Geare and brushing, it is very important to eliminate plaque from the crown area. Using floss daily or intra-dental cleaners will help lengthen the life of your crowns.