Restore a damaged or broken tooth with a dental crown, also known as a “cap”.
If you have a weak, damaged or broken tooth, a crown can help by covering and protecting the tooth from further damage and decay, restoring its natural function. Dental crowns are often placed after root canal treatment and are also required as the final restoration after you have had an implant to replace a missing tooth.
The dental crown covers the entire visible portion of the tooth above the gum line. Typically, crowns are made of porcelain, gold, or a combination of the two materials.. Your dentist will make a recommendation on which material or combination of materials are best suited for your specific needs.
What to expect at a dental crown procedure
The procedure will begin by ensuring that your teeth are free of plaque and tartar. If you’re due for a professional teeth cleaning, we will schedule you in for a dental hygiene appointment before commencing the procedure. The dental crown procedure typically requires two visits. During the first appointment, a local anaesthetic will be given to you while the dentist removes decay and shapes the tooth for the dental crown. Afterwards, impressions of your teeth will be taken and sent to a lab where your dental crown will be custom-fabricated. In the meantime, you will be fitted with a temporary crown until the next visit. It’s important to be careful with this temporary crown and avoid chewing hard or sticky foods that risk dislodging it while your permanent crown is being fabricated. At the follow-up appointment, your permanent dental crown will be placed, ensuring proper fit, finish and comfort!
We also have the technology to make your crown in our office. Through the magic of CAD/CAM, we can mill your dental crown at your first visit and insert your final restoration that same day. If this technology can be used for your restoration, it will prevent us from needing to do a mould type impression as we will do it digitally with a scanner. As well, no second visit is required as we will insert your crown that same day.
Taking care of your dental crown
Dental crowns can last for years with proper care. Brush regularly twice a day and floss daily as if it were your natural tooth. Flossing and brushing with fluoride toothpaste will help keep dental crowns clean and the surrounding gums healthy. Also, it’s best to avoid extremely sticky or hard foods that might accidentally dislodge or damage your crown.
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