A crown is a covering that covers the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original size and shape. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other restorative treatments. Of all the crown types, porcelain (tooth colored) crowns are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the colour, shape and size of or your teeth giving you a beautiful long-lasting smile.
REASONS FOR CROWNS:
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Large fillings
- Fractured fillings
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Tooth has a root canal
WHAT DOES GETTING A CROWN INVOLVE?
A crown procedure typically requires 2 appointments. Your first appointment involves taking highly accurate impressions used to create your custom crown. This mold is also used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for about 2 weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental lab. While the tooth is numb, the dentist prepares the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once complete, your temporary crown is placed with temporary cement and your bite is checked to ensure you are biting properly.
At your second appointment your temporary crown is removed, the tooth is cleaned, and your new crown is carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.
We will provide you with care instructions, as well as encourage you to return for regular dental visits to monitor the status of your new crown.