A crown for a tooth has a natural look to it, is molded to the shape of the damaged tooth, covers the entire tooth and is held down by Eugenol cement. Discover more about how a crown is made, what it is made of and how it is placed in the mouth with tips from a licensed dental assistant in this free video on dental hygiene.
Have you ever wondered what a crown is for a tooth? Well, a lot of people know it as a cap, but the clinical term is called a crown, and my name's Michelle, and I'm a dental assistant with Solutionz, and hopefully, I can explain to you the difference between the cap and the crown. Basically, a crown for a tooth is it looks just like your natural tooth. Once when you go to your dentist, and he recommends that you have a crown placed on the tooth what they would do is they would prep your tooth, which basically they would drill down the tooth, they would remove the enamel, take an impression of that. They would send that out to a dental lab technician which would make an actual crown. Now, what a crown is it's it's high noble metal fused to porcelain, and porcelain is the tooth colored material which will cause that natural tooth look effect. And then, when you come back you would wear a temporary for about two weeks, and then you come back to your dental office and they actually cement the crown on top of your tooth. They would use, you know, like a Eugenol cement that has clove oil in it to kind of help with any sensitivity that you might have in there, and actually it's a it's a calming effect for the tooth. They would cement it onto your tooth and it would look just like your natural teeth, as far as with the porcelain, the shade of it, the color, and basically that's pretty much all that is involved with a crown. It covers the full body of your tooth. It's a high noble metal; usually three different metals fused into one, and it is adhered, and porcelain is adhered onto that to create a natural tooth color crown. Once again, my name is Michelle, and I'm a dental assistant with Solutionz, and I just explained to you what a crown is for your tooth.