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Crowns are a type of dental restoration procedure that caps or covers a bad tooth or dental implant. They are typically made from gold, ceramics, or porcelain fused to metal.

Crowns are used to protect or restore a weakened or broken tooth, and can even help strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn't enough tooth remaining to hold the filling structure. Crowns can also be used for:

  • Cosmetic purposes
  • Attaching bridges
  • Covering discolored or oddly-shaped teeth

Crowns are made from various materials, including:

  • Stainless steel
  • Resin
  • Ceramic
  • Porcelain
  • Metals

What’s the difference between temporary and permanent crowns?

Temporary crowns are made from an acrylic-based or stainless steel material. They are used as a short-term solution until replaced by a permanent crown. The temporary crown is created right in your dentist’s office, whereas a permanent crown must be made in a lab. 

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