A dental crown is like a cover or 'cap' for a tooth that fits over the remaining tooth to protect it from fracture. Dental crowns can be made out of metals, porcelain or a combination of metal and porcelain.
Crowns are recommended for teeth that have been structurally weakened by large fillings, cracks, or have had root canal treatment.
The outer perimeter of the tooth is reduced to accommodate the thickness of the crown (about 1-2 millimeters). An impression is then taken and a temporary crown is placed while your new crown is made by the dental lab. Once the crown is fabricated, it will be permanently cemented onto the tooth.
Your dental crown will look like a natural tooth and will be the same size as the original tooth when the crown is in place.
Teeth that have been structurally weakened by large fillings, cracks or root canal treatment can fracture and then require more complex treatment or even extraction.
Your tooth is less likely to fracture and you are less likely to have to deal with the inconvenience of an emergency trip to the dentist to get it repaired. In this way, you may be able to avoid pain and complications that result from a fractured tooth.
You can also keep the tooth, which of course helps with chewing, but also plays a role in keeping your other teeth in line and preventing bite changes over time.
If you think a dental crown may be in your near future, call us today at (519) 672-8770 to discuss your needs.
As a family-run, second-generation dental practice, we pride ourselves on treating our patients the way we want our own family to be treated. We provide practical, honest advice you can trust and are always willing to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your oral health.
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