What You Need to Know about Dental Crowns
Learn about Dental Crowns from Your Dentist in Burlington
Dental crowns are one of the most common restorative procedures performed on patients. Also called a cap, a hollowed artificial tooth is often used to restore and treat a range of different problems and can significantly extend the life of your natural teeth.
The process of getting a dental crown is relatively simple and pain-free; however, expect to make a couple of trips to your dentist’s office. If your dentist determines that you need a crown, your affected tooth will be filed down to make room for the cap. Next, an impression of your newly shaped tooth and surrounding teeth will be made to ensure that the crown fits comfortably in your mouth. A temporary crown will be placed over your tooth until a final one can be made, which may take anywhere between 2 – 3 weeks. During the second visit, your dentist will confirm that the crown is the right fit, colour, and shape. If everything checks out as required, the crown will be cemented into place.
When Should You Consider Getting a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is an excellent solution for a broken or infected tooth. A crown looks and acts as a natural tooth would, while holding your original tooth together underneath. Here are a few reasons why you may consider getting a dental crown:
1. Damaged Tooth: For a severely cracked or chipped tooth, a dental crown can help eliminate pain and prevent further damage. Since cracks and chips can expose the nerves of your tooth, simple tasks like chewing food or exposure to different temperatures, can cause extreme pain and sensitivity if these issues are not addressed.
2. Root Canal: In order to treat an infection in the pulp of your tooth, it is likely your dentist will perform a root canal. During this treatment, your natural crown is filed down and hollowed out for your dentist to access the site of the infection. A crown will help protect the remains of your tooth, reduce sensitivity, and provide support for your original tooth.
3. Replace a Filling: Cavities can strike the same tooth twice. When that happens, more of your original tooth structure is removed so your dentist can fill it. If this occurs multiple times in the same area, existing fillings become weaker and a dental crown will be necessary to repair and strengthen the tooth instead.
4. Aesthetic Purposes: Sometimes, the reason for getting a dental crown isn’t always for health reasons. For patients who want to feel more confident about their smile, a dental crown is a good solution for disguising a discoloured or misshapen tooth.
Visit Gardner Dental Group for Dental Crowns, Implants, Dentures, Fillings, and More
Even though a dental crown may be the most popular choice when it comes to restoring your smile, it is not your only option. For instance, if your tooth only has a minor fracture, we recommend substituting a crown for a filling instead. Furthermore, if you are missing more than one tooth, implants or dentures may be a more suitable alternative for you. When you visit Gardner Dental, we will help you explore all these services and more, to help you find the best solution.
Do you need to consult a dentist about getting a dental crown? Call us at 905-632-3633. You can also get in touch by completing the online contact form.