Some patients require dental crowns to correct significant tooth damage and prevent further deterioration. Our dentists at Bay Dental Group in Sault Ste. Marie can help by placing dental crowns.
What is a Dental Crown?
If a tooth has become damaged due to decay or injury, your dentist can use a dental crown to restore it to its original shape, size or colour.
These hollow, artificial teeth are placed over an entire decayed or damaged tooth to improve its strength, function and appearance.
These durable restorations can be made from a number of materials, including porcelain and metal. They look and function similar to natural teeth and can last 10 years or more if cared for properly.
How Dental Crowns Work
Sometimes, a large portion of a tooth must be removed if it has experienced severe damage or decay. The dentist may restore it with a dental crown.
This restoration may also be used to restore a tooth following another dental procedure such as a root canal.
Dental bridges can be attached to dental crowns, to cover dental implants or for cosmetic purposes, such as to lighten a discoloured tooth.
The Crown Procedure
Two dental appointments are needed to replace a dental crown. At the first, the dentist prepares and takes an impression of the tooth. This will later be used to create a custom crown. You may be fitted with a temporary crown while your crown is being made.
Once it's prepared, you'll return for a second appointment where your crown will be placed and sculpted to fit your tooth, so that your bite and jaw movements function normally.