Dental Crowns in Burlington & Mississauga
A dental crown is a tooth shaped structure “cap” that is placed over a tooth. The cap will restore the tooth back to its original shape, size, appearance and function.
If a tooth is significantly damaged, a porcelain crown can restore it back to its initial shape and function.
There are several types of materials used to create a dental crown such as metals, resin, porcelain and ceramic.
Depending on the specific needs, your dentist may place a temporary or permanent dental crown in your mouth.
The purpose of a crown is to protect and strengthen a tooth that cannot be repaired by various other dental restoration techniques. When a crown is placed on top of a prepared tooth, the complete surface of the tooth is restored back to its original shape, size and colour.
Typical reasons why a dental crown may be required are for the restoration of broken or fractured teeth, to improve the cosmetic appearance, repair and restore decayed teeth, damaged fillings and restore a tooth that has undergone a root canal treatment.
The process of preparing a tooth for a crown involves removing any decay that might be present. The dentist will also shape the surface of the tooth to ensure the crown will fit properly. The patient will then receive a temporary crown which will be cemented over to tooth.
In most cases, the placement of a dental crown will require two appointments. On your initial appointment, your dentist will cut the tooth, take impressions of your teeth for the purpose of fabricating the custom crown and place a temporary crown that will be fitted over your tooth for approximately 2 weeks until the permanent crown has been fabricated.
On the second dental visit, the temporary crown will be removed and the tooth will be cleaned. The permanent crown will be gently placed and bounded to the tooth.
At this point, the patient will be provided with instructions on how to maintain and care for the new dental crown. Regular dental visits will be recommended to ensure the crown is functioning as expected.
A permanent dental crown will last for several years, however similar to most dental restorations, you may need to replace the permanent crown over time. By practicing proper maintenance and regular scheduled dental check ups, you may be able to extend the life of a dental crown.