A dental crown is a covering that encompasses the entire tooth surface restoring it to its proper shape and size. A dental crown is normally placed in circumstances where the tooth cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
The most common type of material used to make crowns is porcelain. Porcelain crowns are durable and will last for many years. The other benefit they offer is that they are created to match the shape, size and colour of your teeth, giving you a natural, and long lasting beautiful smile.
Reasons for Dental Crowns:
- Repairing largely broken or fractured teeth and/or fillings,
- Cosmetically enhancing teeth,
- Repairing badly decayed teeth, where there is not enough strength or structure left in the tooth to support a normal filling restoration,
- Reinforcing heavily restored teeth in order to prevent fracture, and
- Providing strength and durability to a tooth that has had to undergo root canal therapy.
What’s involved in getting a dental crown:
Getting a crown placed in your mouth will usually require two visits to our office. On your first visit the dentist will take molds or impressions of your tooth. The molds are used to create a crown that will be custom fit to your mouth. Before you leave your first appointment, a temporary dental crown will be created to protect the affected tooth until your real crown is ready.
Between your first and second appointment the molds created of your tooth will be sent off to a dental laboratory where the technicians will create your “new tooth” out of porcelain.
At your second visit to our Kanata dental office, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and clean the affected tooth and carefully place the real crown over the tooth. Before the crown is cemented in place, the Kanata crowns dentist will ensure that the final product fits properly and will take measurements to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.
As always, maintaining the long-term reliability of your crown will be dependent on your continual optimal home care and regular visits with us at March Dental.