At Hilltop Dental, our Duncan dentists use dental crowns to help correct significant tooth damage and prevent further deterioration.
What is a Dental Crown?
Crowns are placed over an entire damaged or decayed tooth to help restore its original size, shape, and colour.
These hollow, artificial teeth can improve the function, appearance, and strength that a fractured tooth may otherwise lose.
Crowns can be durable and could be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain and metal. They should look and function like natural teeth, and if cared for properly, can last 10 years or more.
How Dental Crowns Work
If a tooth is decayed or extensively damaged that large parts of it must be removed, a dental crown may be used to assist in restoring it.
Your dentist may also use a dental crown to help restore a tooth after another dental procedure such as a root canal. Dental crowns may also be used for cosmetic reasons including lightening a discoloured tooth, or to attach bridges or cover dental implants.
The Crown Procedure
You'll need two dental appointments for your dentist to place a dental crown. At the first, your tooth will be prepared and your dentist will take an impression that will be used to make a custom crown. While your crown is being constructed, you might be fitted with a temporary crown.
Once it's ready, you will return for a second appointment where your dentist will place and sculpt your crown just for you, so that your bite and jaw movements can function normally.