A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth-coloured) crowns are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth, restoring the form and function of your teeth and giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons for crowns:
- Broken or fractured teeth.
- Decayed teeth.
- Fractured fillings.
- Large fillings.
- Teeth that have been treated with root canal therapy.
- Cosmetic enhancement.
What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking one or more highly accurate impressions that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numb, Dr. MacLeod will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. An impression will be taken of the tooth. Your temporary crown will then be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
At your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the fit, spacing, bite and colour are accurate.
You will be given care instructions for your new crown. Good home care and regular dental visits will help prolong the life of your new restoration.