Understanding Dental Crowns

A crown is a covering which encases the entirety of a tooth’s surface, restoring it to its original form. A crown protects and fortifies a tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other kinds of restorations.

Though there are many kinds of crowns, porcelain (tooth-coloured) is by far the most popular. Porcelain crowns give you a natural looking smile as they are made to match the shape, size, and colour of your teeth.

What is involved in getting a dental crown?

The process customarily requires 2 appointments. Your first appointment will include:

1. Taking several highly accurate molds that will be used to make your custom crown. A mold will also be used to make a non-permanent crown, which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks till your new permanent crown is built by a dental lab.

2. While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to correctly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your interim crown will be placed and your bite will be checked to make sure you are biting correctly.

3. Your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite is accurate.
We encouraged regular dental visits to examine your new crown.

Reasons for Dental Crowns:
• Broken or broke tooth
• Cosmetic enhancement
• Decayed teeth
• Cracked fillings
• Large fillings
• Tooth has had a root canal

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