What is a crown?
A crown is a tooth-like covering placed over a carefully prepared existing tooth. Used to strengthen, restore, or improve the appearance of your natural tooth, a crown is placed over a tooth in much the same way as a thimble over your finger. One of the most common indications for a crown is to support the tooth when there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left in place to support a filling. Crowns may also be used to protect the structure of a tooth that is fractured or broken.
In the past, crowns may have been made of gold or had metal bases that were covered with porcelain which may have resulted in unsightly margins being exposed. However, today most crowns can be made of all porcelain resulting in healthy, functional, and beautiful natural looking restorations.
At the first appointment, we complete a thorough oral examination, including an evaluation of your dental history. Any necessary x-rays are completed at this time. During the restorative procedure, we first anesthetize the area to be treated. Next we carefully shape the tooth or teeth to be crowned to allow the crown sufficient space for proper fit and appearance. Finally we make an impression of the area and fit the teeth involved with a temporary crown for protection until your next appointment.
At the following appointment, we evaluate the final crown for proper fit before placing it permanently, making final adjustments if necessary. Other factors we carefully consider at this time include:
• Aesthetics – colour matching and proportion.
• Function – chewing and biting accuracy.
• Tissue Compatibility – the contour of the bridge must conform to the surrounding tissue in a natural, healthy position.
What is the best way to care for a crown and bridge?
Care for it as you would any of your other teeth you wish to preserve! Proper oral hygiene, including flossing at least once a day and brushing twice daily, is just as important as ever to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy, along with regular dental appointments. To make the most of your investment, it is important that you follow our recommendations.
We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have throughout your treatment. During the process we will do everything to ensure your comfort. Our goal is to help you preserve your smile for a lifetime.
The crown fits over a carefully prepared existing tooth. Single crowns are advised when a large portion of the tooth has been damaged by decay.
Most crowns are made of porcelain, a stain resistant material that closely replicates the appearance and function of your natural teeth.