What is a Crown?
Dental crowns are hollow, artificial teeth that are placed over an entire decayed or damaged tooth to restore its function.
At Fort Richmond Dental Centre, our Winnipeg dentists use crowns to correct significant tooth damage and prevent further deterioration.
How Dental Crowns Work
When a tooth experiences so much decay that large portions of it must be removed, your dentist may use a dental crown to restore the tooth. Your dentist may also use a dental crown to restore a tooth after another dental procedure like a root canal.
Dental crowns may also be used to attach bridges, to cover dental implants or for cosmetic reasons, such as to lighten a discoloured tooth.
Crowns are very strong and made from a variety of materials, including porcelain and metal. They look and function like natural teeth, and if cared for properly, can last 10 years or more.
The Crown Procedure
Placing a dental crown requires two dental appointments. At the first appointment, your dentist will prepare your tooth and take an impression of the tooth and surrounding gums. Your custom crown will be made based on this impression.
While your crown is being made, you may be fitted with a temporary crown until the permanent one is placed.
Once it's ready, you will return for a second appointment where your crown will be placed and sculpted just for you, so that your bite and jaw movements function normally.