Scarborough's Birchmount Dental Group offers dental crowns for patients who are looking to repair damaged and discoloured teeth.
What are dental crowns?
A crown is a hollow, artificial tooth used to cover a damaged or decayed tooth. A crown restores the healthy look of an original tooth by strengthening and protecting it. Crowns can also be used to cover a discoloured or misshapen tooth. A tooth that has been fixed with a crown looks and works very much like a natural tooth.
When are dental crowns needed?
A crown may be needed for the following reasons:
- To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth
- To cover a dental implant
- To make a cosmetic modification
How long does this procedure take?
It can usually be done in just two visits. In the first visit, the tooth is prepared by removing any decay. Impressions are made to build the crown and a temporary one is placed. On the next visit, about two weeks later, the temporary crown is replaced by the permanent one. With diligent oral care and regular trips to the dentist, the crown will keep your smile looking beautiful.