A crown, sometimes known as dental cap, is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth.
Dental crown procedures may be undertaken for one of several reasons: you have a particularly weak tooth that needs to be held together or requires a bridge; post root canal treatment to protect the tooth; you have a tooth that is extremely discoloured; or you wish to have a crown placed for cosmetic reasons.
There are several types of crowns that can be used. Dr. David will assess your specific situation and make a recommendation on the best solution for you. After Dr. David and You agree your treatment, installing a dental crown normally takes at least two separate dental visits.
The first visit includes filing and restoring the tooth to prepare for the crown. After the tooth is prepared for the crown, we will take an impression of the tooth, as well as those surrounding it, and send it away to a dental lab, so the permanent crown can be made accordingly. By the end of this visit, your tooth will have a new temporary crown that protects it until the final crown is ready to be permanently placed.
Your second visit will be scheduled for the same time as your permanent crown is due back from the lab. We will start by removing the temporary crown and Dr. David will position and cement the new crown to the tooth.
Once your dental crown procedure is complete, it may take some time before the permanent crown feels normal in your mouth; however, after a little time has passed, the crown should look, function, and feel like a regular tooth. If you have any questions about your crown after your procedure, be sure to talk to your dentist.
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