Restore The Structure of Your Tooth
Dental crowns are hollow, artificial teeth that are placed over an entire natural tooth to restore its original shape, size, colour and function.
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain and metal, which help to provide strength and durability. They look and function much like natural teeth, making them an excellent option for patients looking to restore the appearance and function of their smiles.
Most dental crowns last for ten years or longer, but proper care is essential. To help ensure that your crown lasts as long as possible, be sure to maintain a thorough at-home oral hygiene routine that includes regular brushing and flossing. See your dentist regularly for exams and professional cleaning.
If you have damaged or missing teeth, dental crowns could play a role in restoring the health of your smile.
How Dental Crowns Are Used
A dental crown, sometimes referred to as a cap, is a form of dental restoration that is used to surround and enclose a natural tooth. Dental crowns can be used to secure a dental bridge, top a dental implant or save a tooth that has sustained significant damage.
Your dentist may also recommend a dental crown to protect a tooth after a procedure like a root canal, or for cosmetic reasons to improve the appearance of a misshapen tooth.
The Crown Procedure
Placing a dental crown requires two dental appointments. At the first, your dentist will prepare and take an impression of the tooth which will be used to create a custom crown. While your crown is being made, you may be fitted with a temporary crown.
When your crown is ready, you will return for a second appointment where your crown will be placed and sculpted just for you, so that your bite and jaw movements function normally.