A dental crown is a tooth-shaped, and sometimes tooth-colored, cover or cap that’s installed over a tooth to preserve the utility and aesthetics of the tooth. Dental crowns can be made from different materials, including resin, ceramic, metal, and porcelain. It’s essential to consider getting dental crowns if:
- You have a weak tooth that’s falling apart
- You need to restore a broken tooth
- You’ve had your tooth filled and need to protect the filling especially where a considerable chunk of the tooth is missing
- You have severely stained or misshapen teeth and want to improve their look
- You’ve got a dental implant
At Richmond West Dental, a majority of our dental crowns patients are adults. However, there are instances when a child might benefit from dental crowns. For example, children who are high-risk candidates for decay can get dental crowns to protect their primary or secondary teeth.
Your Dental Crowns Appointment at Richmond West Dental
Dental crowns typically require two appointments. During the first appointment, our dentist will examine your teeth to determine whether they’re in good shape to get a crown. If you’re getting a crown to restore a tooth that’s damaged by decay, the dentist may recommend getting a root canal treatment first.
After this, the dentist will need to make impressions of your tooth. This step may be done manually using a paste or dental putty, or digitally using a scanner. The dental lab uses these impressions to design and manufacture a dental crown that’s going to be a perfect fit for your affected tooth and your bite as well.
If your tooth is in bad shape, the dentist may issue you a temporary crown which you’ll use in the interim period before your permanent crown is ready.
The dentist cements the permanent crown in place during the second appointment, but only after he determines that the fit, shape, and color is well-suited for you. This step requires anesthesia.
Caring for Your Dental Crowns
As with natural teeth, you should brush twice and floss once every day to keep your dental crowns in good shape. Avoid hard foods as these may cause the crowns to fracture. Make sure to book regular dental exams and cleanings at Richmond West Dental in Toronto, Ontario so our dentists can keep tabs on the state of your dental crowns.