Restorations that look and feel like your natural teeth
Crooked teeth can look straightened
Discolored teeth can be made to sparkle
Cracked or broken teeth can be made whole again
Crowns are caps that cover your entire tooth. They look and function like real, healthy teeth.
These devices are one of several cosmetic dental options to restore your teeth. They can be made with various materials, including metal, porcelain, or esthetic resins.
Crowns are an extremely reliable technique for repairing major tooth damage:
If your tooth has a large filling, you might need a crown to fill in the damage and strengthen the remaining tooth structure.
After a root canal treatment, the remaining tooth structure is often weakened and brittle. A crown is used to protect it by covering the entire tooth.
If your tooth has broken cusps, a crown can be moulded in the exact shape as your original tooth to restore it.
Regular consumption of acidic foods and beverages wears out the enamel, necessitating a crown to reinforce the damaged tooth.
If you get a dental implant to replace an extracted tooth, a dental crown is attached to the implant to create a natural looking artificial tooth.
An option for malformed teeth, dental crowns can be a substitute for porcelain veneers.
Crowns have a long life that can be affected by how well they're cared for. Naturally, their life will be shortened if you open packages with your teeth, chew on things like pencils and fingernails, or bite down on hard food, like candies.
For long lasting crowns, be sure to take care of the underlying tooth and gum, as well as the crown.
Dental crowns are typically made of porcelain, metal, or a combination of the two. The selection of material is determined by your aesthetic preferences, and the location of the affected teeth.
Metal crowns don't chip or break as they are made of gold. They wear gently against natural teeth.
Also known as ceramic crowns, these are made to match the colour of your other teeth and they're very aesthetic in appearance. They are a good option for those with metal allergies. Although they're very strong they're more brittle and so they can chip.
These are made of a metal foundation and covered with porcelain; they can be matched to the colour of the adjacent teeth. They can be a good pick for front and back teeth but can aggravate your gums if you have metal allergies.
You receive a local anesthetic to numb the tooth, so you have no discomfort.
Your dentist uses a dental bur to shape your tooth so there is room for the crown. They will then take an impression of the prepared tooth so the lab technician can build a custom shaped crown.
A crown typically takes several days to fabricate so you receive a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it and preserve the space.
When the permanent crown arrives, the temporary one is removed and the new crown is fixed to your tooth with special cement.
You can eat using the crown once the cement sets, about one hour. It's normal to feel some sensitivity to hot and cold.
Brush your teeth twice a day and floss every day.
Avoid eating hard candies and sticky foods which can break the porcelain and/or unglue the crown.