When a tooth is either severely damaged, or otherwise discoloured or blemished in such a way as to be difficult to remedy through other methods, a dental crown may be the appropriate treatment option. Your general dentists at Kemptville Smiles can let you know if dental crowns are right for you.
In order to attach a dental crown, first you’ll need to prepare your tooth. This is usually done by removing a small layer of enamel to ensure that the crown will fit comfortably over the original tooth without looking disproportionate compared to the surrounding teeth.
Generally speaking, mounting a dental crown is a two-stage procedure. At the first appointment, your dentist will ensure that the tooth in question is solid and healthy enough to hold a crown in place (if it’s not, dental implants may be necessary). If your tooth is capable of supporting a crown, your dentist will then prepare your tooth, and place a temporary crown over it, to protect it until the final crown, which will be fabricated in a dental lab, is prepared to your unique specifications.
Dental crowns, or caps, can be used for both restorative and cosmetic purposes. Crowns can be used to treat a wide variety of dental issues including removing stains, restoring decay, repairing cracks, and correcting minor imperfections. Compared to other dental restorations such as bonded fillings, porcelain inlays / onlays, crowns cover the entire visible portion of the tooth above the gum line. Once cemented into place, they become the new protective surface for your tooth.
There are a number of different types of dental crowns, including gold alloy, porcelain / ceramic, and even a mixture of these materials. Your dentists at Kemptville Smiles will work with you to ensure that you choose the appropriate crown for your situation. Contact us today or request an appointment online.