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Dental Crowns – Purpose, Procedure and Care

By Admin on August 13, 2018 in Dental Care
Dental Crowns

Purpose:

A crown may be required for several reasons:

  • Your tooth may have fractured, or cracked
  • Your tooth has just had a root canal
  • You have just had a very large filling placed
  • You may have a tooth that is discoloured or poorly shaped and you wish is corrected
  • You need a crown to cover an implant

It is placed to restore the tooth to its original shape and function. It offers protection to the treated tooth underneath by covering it with a porcelain shell.

Procedure:

This procedure is typically done in two separate visits.

  • The first appointment involves having impressions taken of your tooth prior to the dentist preparing it. The tooth is then reduced in size all the way around to make room for the new porcelain cover (crown) that will protect your original tooth. Once the tooth has been prepared a temporary crown will be placed to protect your tooth. Expect this appointment to range anywhere from 1 – 2 hours. There is a lot of time spent ensuring the proper measurements are taken, so when all the information is sent to the lab, it is made to be an exact replica of your original tooth. Consideration is given to ensure your bite will be exact and the colour is as you wish. Our goal is to fabricate a crown that will be as natural looking as the rest of your dentition.
  • The second appointment is roughly two weeks later, once the lab has fabricated your crown. We can then remove the temporary protection and cement your new crown in place. Your bite will be checked to ensure proper seating.

Placing a crown will restore your tooth, giving it full function and strength as well as ensuring cuspal integrity.

Care:

It is suggested :

  • To avoid hard foods, and chewing ice is never a good idea
  • Your oral hygiene remains impeccable. Brushing twice daily and flossing will go along way to protecting your new crown.
  • If you grind or clench your teeth your dentist may recommend having a night guard fabricated to help protect not just your new crown, but to help the rest of your teeth from breaking down.