Dental Crowns in NW Calgary
A full complement of teeth is necessary for eating and speaking. So when one or more of your teeth is damaged, chewing efficiency, speech and aesthetic are threatened. If you are having problems with one or more of your teeth, a crown may help restore your mouth to its normal function.
All of our services are performed by general dentists.
What is a Crown?
A crown (often called a cap) is an artificial cover placed on an individual tooth to restore a decayed, damaged, or heavily restored tooth back to its normal shape and size.
Crowns are often necessary when a tooth no longer has sufficient structure to support a filling. Crowns can also protect cracked and broken teeth or change the shape of a tooth to correct bite and cosmetic problems.
How Does the Procedure Work?
Fitting a crown is a two-step procedure. During your first visit, your dentist prepares and reshapes your tooth by removing areas of enamel and dentin to allow room for the crown. Then an impression is made of the prepared tooth, the surrounding teeth, and the opposing teeth.
Before you leave the office, your dentist fabricates and applies a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth while the permanent crown is being custom made.
At your second visit, your dentist removes the temporary crown and fits the permanent crown onto your tooth, making sure it restores your tooth to its proper shape, look, and function. If necessary, your dentist may have to adjust the crown to make sure it is exactly right. Once the fit is correct, the dentist bonds or applies cements to the crown, securing it to your tooth. Normal function on the crown may resume within a few hours after placement.
Living With Crowns
How to Care for Your Crowns
Crowns are designed to look and feel like real teeth. As with your original smile, care must be taken to avoid tooth fractures. Good oral hygiene may help your crown last longer. It is recommended that you:
- Brush and floss around your crowned tooth thoroughly to remove decay-causing bacteria
- See your dentist regularly to help prolong the life of your crown
- Ask your dentist about special cleaning aids
Things to Keep in Mind
- Crowns are much like your natural teeth, and it is recommended to only use the same forces on them as you would with your natural teeth
- Crowns, like any other dental work, will eventually need to be, However, the expected lifespan of a crown is much longer than that of a filling
- Crowns can be made out of different materials. Gold is the most durable and biocompatible, but ceramics give the most realistic aesthetic appearance
- Crowns are especially useful on teeth that have had root canal therapy