Dental Crowns – Restoring Damaged Teeth
If your tooth is damaged but not lost, a crown can be used to restore its shape, appearance and function. You may need a crown if you have a root canal, a large filling in a tooth or a broken tooth.
A crown, also called a cap, is a hollow, artificial tooth used to cover a damaged or decayed tooth. The crown restores the tooth and protects it from further damage. Crowns can also be used to cover a discoloured or misshapen tooth.
PROCEDURE OF PLACING A CROWN
- Your dentist gives you a local anesthetic.
- To make room for the crown, our dentist will trim down the tooth that needs to be restored.
- An impression of the trimmed tooth and nearby teeth is taken. This impression is used to custom make your final crown.
- Until your final crown is ready, your dentist places a temporary crown over the tooth that needs to be restored.
- On your next visit, your dentist takes off the temporary crown and puts on the final one. Your dentist checks to make sure the crown is the right fit, shape, colour and bite. If it is, your dentist cements the crown into place.
These are the steps our dentists most often follow in making a crown, but your tooth may need special care. You may need orthodontic treatment, gum treatment or root canal treatment. It may take more than 2 visits to our dentist, or your visits may last longer.
A dental bridge covers or “bridges” the gap between missing teeth.
After you lose a tooth, your dentist may suggest that you get a bridge. A bridge can keep your other teeth from moving out of place. Once a bridge is placed, it works just like your natural teeth.
Why Is a Dental Crown / Bridge Needed?
- A dental crown is a compulsion after a tooth has been root canal treated.
- To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth
- To cover a dental implant
- To make a cosmetic modification
Types of crown at FDOC
- Local Metal (SS)
- Local PFM
- Branded Metal (SS)
- Branded CAD-CAM PFM (5YW)
- Branded CAD-CAM PFM TILITE (7YW)
- MLS CAD-CAM PFM (5YW)
- Branded CAD-CAM PFM (10YW)
- Branded CAD-CAM PFM (15YW)
- Branded FULL CERAMIC E-MAX
- Branded FULL CERAMIC Z-CRON (3YW)
- Branded FULL CERAMIC Z-CRON (7YW)
- Branded FULL CERAMIC 3M ESSENTIAL (5YW)
- Branded FULL CERAMIC ULTRA TRANSLUCENT (5YW)
- Branded FULL CERAMIC ULTRA TRANSLUCENT (15YW)
- Branded FULL CERAMIC Z-CRON TRANSLUCENT (10YW)
- Branded FULL CERAMIC BRUXIR (15YW)
- Branded FULL CERAMIC IVOCLAIR WIELAND (15YW)
- Branded FULL CERAMIC 3M LAVA Basic (10YW)
- Branded FULL CERAMIC 3M LAVA PREMIUM (15YW)
- GOLD CAPS
Each type has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. Both esthetics (appearance) and function are considered when selecting the material most suitable for you.
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