What Does the Process Involve?
If a dental crown has been recommended, you will need to schedule two appointments to complete the process. During your first visit, we may perform an x-ray in order to properly examine the roots of your affected tooth, as well as the surrounding jaw bone. If severe decay or infection is present, it may be necessary to perform a root canal before your crown can be placed.
The process of placing your crown is done by administering an anaesthetic to the affected tooth and surrounding gum, making it more comfortable for you during the process. Your tooth will then be filed down in order to make room for the crown to be fitted.
Once your tooth has been adequately reshaped, an impression will be taken of your tooth, which will be used to fabricate your crown. A temporary crown will be placed to protect your tooth. This not only protects your tooth but looks good while you wait for your final crown.
At your next visit, the temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented in place. It will look like a real tooth.
You may experience some sensitivity following this procedure, it's quite normal, and should resolve given time.
How Are Dental Crowns Made?
Prior to your crown being made, the size of your tooth will be carefully reduced to ensure the crown is a proper fit. Once that is done, am impression of your tooth will be taken to enable the crown to be made to that exact mould for a perfect fit.
With Porcelain Crowns, the colour of your teeth will be matched to the crown, so that it looks natural against your own teeth.
With the use of the impression, your crown will be constructed to fit your mouth. In the meantime, your dentist will provide you with a temporary crown.
Once your permanent crown is ready, it will be placed over your prepared tooth with the use of specially formulated dental cement to hold it securely in place.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are very helpful in strengthening and restoring teeth that have been damages or have decayed over time.
They look very natural and people will not be able to pick which teeth are natural and which are crowns. They can make a great improvement to a person's smile and confidence.
With proper care, dental crowns can last a lifetime.
Regular brushing and flossing every day is recommended to not only prevent gum disease but to get the most out of your crowns. We also encourage you to come in and see us for regular dental check-ups and cleans every six months to ensure that we are able to identify and resolve any issues as soon as possible.
Another good idea is to avoid chewing particularly hard objects and foods, In order to minimise damage to your dental crown, we strongly recommend that you avoid biting your nails, crushing ice with your teeth and using your teeth on packaging of food and drinks.
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