Dental crowns are powerful restorations that can beautify, repair, and protect badly damaged teeth. You might think that your tooth is too badly damaged to restore, but with dental crowns, many teeth can be saved. A dental crown is a sheath that fits over the entire visible surface of the tooth. Sometimes called caps, they are used when teeth are severely decayed, badly worn, or poorly shaped. Often made of metal in the past, modern crowns can be made with advanced ceramics so they are both beautiful and strong.
Do you have one or more teeth that would benefit from dental crowns in Kanata? Please call 613.271.7091 today for an appointment with restorative dentist Dr. Andrea Stevens at Andrea Stevens Dentistry.
What Dental Crowns Can Do
Dental crowns are versatile restorations. They can be used to address many situations, such as:
- Cracked tooth
- Severe decay
- Failed filling
- Infected tooth
- Worn teeth
- Cosmetic situations where a veneer won’t work
- A dental bridge needing support
In many of these cases, dental crowns are used to restore teeth that might have looked or felt hopeless. Sometimes, a dental crown is used to restore a tooth that’s been treated with root canal therapy. This might be necessary to save a tooth that’s very sensitive or badly discolored.
Because modern dental crowns are made from advanced ceramics, not metal, they can be used for cosmetic purposes as well. They can achieve all the same cosmetic effects as veneers, but we choose a dental crown when the tooth being treated needs additional support or protection.
Dental crowns can even help after a tooth has been lost, by supporting a replacement tooth as part of a dental implant.
The Dental Crown Procedure
Getting dental crowns starts with a dental exam and consultation. We’ll talk to you about the symptoms you’re experiencing and what your goals are. Then we’ll examine the tooth and the surrounding area to determine the health of the tooth and the surrounding area. If we think a dental crown is the right treatment, we’ll recommend it.
If you agree to getting a dental crown, we’ll prepare your tooth to receive the crown by removing damaged tooth material and making room for the dental crown. Then we’ll take impressions of your tooth, which we’ll send to the lab for manufacture.
While we wait for the lab to finish your dental crown, which might take as much as 2 weeks, we will fit you with a temporary crown. This type of crown is weaker than your permanent crown, and it might come with some restrictions to diet and special care instructions.
Once your permanent crown arrives, we’ll check it for fit and color. If we’re satisfied with the appearance and fit, we’ll bond it to your tooth. Once the permanent crown is in place, you can care for it just like a natural tooth.
Do You Need a Dental Crown in Kanata?
Do you have one or more teeth that might benefit from restoration with a dental crown? If so, please call 613.271.7091 today or book an appointment with restorative dentist Dr. Andrea Stevens at Andrea Stevens Dentistry in Kanata.