WHAT ARE THEY?
Crowns are synthetic caps used to restore and protect fractured or newly restored teeth (teeth with big fillings). Crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes such as straightening teeth or closing spaces.
REASONS FOR GETTING A CROWN
- Restoring the appearance and function of a tooth following major restorative procedure, such as a root canal
- Attaching a bridge
- Covering an implant
- Preventing a cracked tooth from cracking further
- Protecting an existing filling from becoming loose or dislocated
- Aesthetic purposes
A crown procedure typically requires two appointments approximately one week apart. During the first appointment, the tooth is prepared and an impression is taken. A temporary crown is then fabricated and placed over the tooth. The second appointment is much quicker and involves removing the temporary crown and bonding in the permanent crown. The permanent crown is custom-made and will appear natural while enhancing your smile. We work closely with our labs to create a perfect shape and colour for each individual case. Crowns can be made of metal, such as gold, porcelain, or a combination of both.
A good quality crown typically lasts up to eight years or longer. Proper care and maintenance will help ensure the longevity of the crown. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown, in addition to regular brushing. This is to avoid excess plaque or food residue build-up around the crown. It is also important to maintain regular cleaning appointments several times a year to keep the area free of debris. Jaw clenching or teeth grinding (bruxism) can damage the crown or shorten it's life. A night guard can be used to protect it against grinding. It’s important to avoid hard or brittle foods, which can compromise the adhesion of the crown.