If a tooth has been damaged but is not completely lost, such as with a root canal, broken tooth, or very large filling, a crown can be used to restore its function, shape and appearance. Also called a cap, a crown is an artificial tooth used to cover a decayed or damaged tooth. For purely cosmetic purposes, a crown can also be used to cover a misshapen or discoloured tooth.
Your dentist may do the crown procedure himself or herself or they may refer you to a Prosthodontist, who is a dentist specializing in restoring and replacing natural teeth with artificial ones.
A local anesthetic is administered to the immediate area before your dentist files down the tooth that needs to be restored. An impression of the filed-down tooth and nearby teeth is taken to custom make your final crown. The crown is built using restorative material (material used for fillings) based on the impression.
A temporary crown (which may not have the same shape and colour as a final crown) is placed over the tooth that needs to be restored to protect your tooth until your final crown is ready. On your next visit, your dentist takes off the temporary crown and puts on the final one. If everything looks right, your dentist cements the crown into place.
In the next post we will get into the different types of crowns and how to care for them. You can call us at (647) 794-1108 to help with any of your dental issues.