In dentistry, the crown is used to cover and protect a tooth that has been partially damaged or broken. The crown is typically made of ceramic, porcelain, or metal-ceramic. Its colour harmonizes with the colour of your dentition. The crown looks therefore like a real tooth, both in shape and colour. The crown is a type of restoration that is strong and lasting.
This common technique is practised with experienced skill by the David & Cloutier Dental Office.
The technical steps in the fitting of a crown
The dentist must remove portions of the troubled tooth in order to ensure that decay is completely removed and to prepare the tooth to receive a crown. The dentist will then take an impression of the teeth. The impression is then sent to the dental laboratory where a dental technician (prosthetist) will fabricate a custom-made crown that will fit your mouth perfectly.
The dentist will fit you with a temporary crown while you are awaiting the arrival of the permanent crown. You must exercise caution, since this temporary crown has a life expectancy limited to a few weeks and it can break easily.
During a second appointment, the dentist insures the installation of the crown and cements it in place.
When is a crown necessary?
A ceramic, porcelain, or metal-ceramic crown answers practical and aesthetic needs for the strengthening of the damaged tooth. Contrary to veneer, which covers only the front part of the tooth, the crown covers the whole tooth. It is the ideal solution for:
- protecting a tooth that is completely fractured or very worn,
- supporting a tooth that has a large filling resulting from extensive tooth decay,
- hiding a tooth defect or a badly discoloured tooth,
- protecting a heavily restored tooth that has undergone a canal treatment,
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