Dental Crowns

Dental crowns, or caps, are dental restorations used to cover or “cap” a damaged or decayed tooth. Crowns can be used to restore a tooth’s shape, size, and strength and improve its appearance. They are typically made of porcelain and are custom-made to match your natural tooth’s colour, shape, and size.

The Dental Crown Procedure

The dental crown procedure typically involves two visits to your dentist. During the first visit, your dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay or damage and reshaping it to accommodate the crown. They will also take impressions of the tooth and surrounding teeth to ensure a proper fit. A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is being made.

At the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed, and the permanent crown will be cemented. Again, your dentist will check to ensure the fit is correct and make any necessary adjustments.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

There are several benefits to getting dental crowns, including:

  1. Protection: Crowns can protect a damaged tooth from further decay and damage.
  2. Durability: Crowns are strong and durable and can last many years with proper care.
  3. Aesthetics: Crowns can be custom-made to match the colour, shape, and size of your natural teeth, providing a seamless and natural-looking restoration.
  4. Functionality: Crowns can restore the functionality of a damaged or decayed tooth, allowing you to eat and speak normally.
  5. Comfort: Crowns can eliminate discomfort or sensitivity caused by a damaged or decayed tooth.

When Are Dental Crowns Necessary?

Dental crowns may be necessary in a variety of situations, including:

  1. To restore a tooth that is too damaged for a filling.
  2. To protect a weak tooth from breaking or cracking.
  3. To cover a dental implant.
  4. To cover a tooth after a root canal.
  5. To improve the appearance of a misshapen or discoloured tooth.

Caring for Your Dental Crown

To ensure the longevity of your dental crown, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene habits. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups. Avoid chewing hard foods, ice, and other hard objects with the crown, as this can damage it. With proper care, your dental crown can last for many years, providing a durable and aesthetically pleasing restoration.