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Crowns
Crowns are recommended for teeth that have become structurally weak, experienced trauma or that have lost too much of its own body due to caries. In other words, this is when the filling will make up more of the visible tooth than the tooth itself.  A crown may also become necessary on a tooth that had a root canal treatment; such a tooth becomes brittle over a period of 5 – 10 years due to the lack of nutrition.  In some instances, crowns are used for aesthetic purposes to change the general look of the teeth or of a specific tooth.

The remaining tooth is prepared and an impression is taken in which the dental technician will build the crown. A crown is a cap that fits over the remaining tooth; it looks and feels like a real tooth.  The colour is matched to your own teeth for a smooth finish. 
Two appointments are required: The first to prepare the tooth and to take the impression; and the second to cement the new crown into place. These are on average 7 days apart. During the 7 day waiting period, a temporary crown is made by the doctor and placed with temporary bonding for easy removal – so you’re never without a tooth!

Veneers
Veneers, like crowns, are also used for aesthetic purposes.  The main difference between them is that a veneer is cemented to the face of the tooth.  Veneers are only made of porcelain and do not contain any metal; they are a more conservative method of treatment.
Veneers are used instead of crowns in situations where the tooth itself is still viable and healthy, but its appearance is not what the patient desires. They can also be used to close ‘gaps’ in between teeth.

Root Canal Treatment (RCT)
RCT is normally indicated where severe, throbbing pain is experienced – the kind of pain that keeps you up at night.  The causes include caries, trauma, infection (e.g. and abscess), etc.
A RCT sounds worse than it is. On average three appointments are required, two of which are to clean the actual canals through which the nerves run. Appointments are usually spaced 7 days apart. Once the canals are clear and healthy, they are sealed permanently and the treatment is complete – but one appointment could also be sufficient. What must be noted is that if too much of the visible tooth has been damaged leading to the RCT, a crown may be required to ensure a long-term healthy tooth.

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