Dental crowns crafted and fitted with the highest level of care
A dental crown is custom-made to fit over a damaged natural tooth. If your tooth is beyond repair and has lost a large amount of structural integrity, a crown may be necessary to restore its strength and function.
What is a crown?
A dental crown slots over the existing tooth or remaining tooth structure like a cap. They can be made of porcelain, which is much stronger than composite filling materials and we will match it to the colour and translucency of the rest of your teeth perfectly. We also offer crowns made of zirconia, which is stronger yet again. Zirconia is the hardest known ceramic in industry, and crowns made with this material are the strongest in used dentistry. Their appearance however will not blend as well with other teeth, and are more suited to crowns fitted at the back of the mouth.
When do I need a dental crown?
Dental crowns have many applications and can be used to correct a number of problems:
- Severely decayed teeth
- Teeth weakened by root canal treatment
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Broken fillings
- Large, unattractive fillings
What does this treatment involve?
A dental crown can usually be placed in two or three visits. After an exam, we prepare your natural tooth to receive the restoration and then we take impressions of your teeth. The impression accurately represents the position, size, and shape of your natural teeth so that your restoration fits correctly.
We send your impressions to a special dental lab, where they are used to create your permanent restoration, which usually takes about two weeks. Before you leave our office, we fit you with a temporary crown to wear while the new one is being prepared.
Once the restoration is finished, we will schedule an appointment for you to return to our office. At that time, we check the finished restoration for proper fit, making adjustments as necessary. Finally, the restoration is cemented permanently into place.
Before you leave our office, we will give you instructions on caring for your new restoration. While fully functional, you should remember that it requires special care to prevent damage. If you practise proper oral hygiene and schedule regular dental cleanings, your new dental crown can last for many years.
Call to Schedule a Dental Exam
Are you troubled by a damaged or missing tooth? Please call our office to schedule an evaluation and learn more about your options!