Teeth that have been damaged substantially need a dental crown to repair them. At Bearbrook Dental Centre, our Ottawa dentist uses these restorations to protect teeth and prevent further deterioration.
What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are placed over an entire damaged or decayed tooth to restore its original size, shape, and colour.
These hollow, artificial teeth improve the function, strength and appearance of a broken tooth that may otherwise be lost.
Crowns are made from a variety of extremely durable materials, including metal and porcelain. They look and function similar to natural teeth and if cared for properly, can last 10 years or more.
How Dental Crowns Work
When a tooth is so damaged or decayed that your dentist must remove large parts of it, a dental crown may be used to restore it.
This restoration may also be used to restore a tooth following another dental procedure such as a root canal.
Dental crowns may also be used to cover dental implants, attach bridges or for cosmetic reasons, such as to lighten the shade of a discoloured tooth.
The Crown Procedure
You'll typically require two appointments for your dentist to place a dental crown. During the first visit, your dentist will prepare and take an impression of your tooth.
This will be used to create your custom crown. While your crown is being made, you may be fitted with a temporary crown.
Once it has been created, you'll return for a second appointment, where your crown will be placed and sculpted to fit you exclusively.