If a tooth is broken, worn down, or decayed too severely for fillings, it can be restored and beautified with a porcelain crown. This restoration, also called a cap, covers all exposed surfaces of the tooth, recreating the natural shape and appearance while strengthening the tooth and protecting it from damage.
Different types of crowns
Crowns are made from various types of materials. Depending on which tooth needs a crown, I’ll recommend what I think best suites your situation. Our local Canadian laboratories can manufacture crowns out of all types of metal alloys, porcelain and combinations of the two.
What is the typical procedure?
The procedure for creating and placing crowns typically requires two office visits. During the initial visit, we will make a mould of the tooth that requires a crown. The mould is then sent to dental lab, where your crown will be made to match the mould. The process of creating the crown takes approximately two weeks, after which point you will come back for your second visit to have your new crown cemented onto your tooth.
When is a dental crown recommended?
We recommend crowns when:
- Replacing old, large dental fillings, when there is not enough tooth remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment