If you have a misshapen, discolored or moderately damaged tooth, the easiest (and most common) solution is to cover it with a dental crown — a hollow cap, shaped like your tooth, to protect and strengthen it.
Because dental crowns are built outside the mouth, we can craft them perfectly to the shape of your tooth and mouth. They can be made of metal, porcelain fused to gold, zirconium, all ceramic or even solid gold. Your dentist will recommend which is right for you.
How we make crowns
We take an impression of the damaged tooth and surrounding area to use when building your crown.
We then shape the damaged tooth to make room for the crown and place a temporary crown over top of the tooth.
You come back when your permanent dental crown is ready and we cement it into place.
When Else Might You Get a Crown?
- To keep a damaged or weak tooth from further deterioration
- To protect a tooth after a root canal
- To cover a large filling or dental implant
- To change the look of your smile
Caring for Crowns
Dental crowns last an average of ten years but could last a lifetime if you take care of them properly. Treat them like you’d treat any other tooth: daily flossing, brushing, regular check-ups and professional cleanings.
All Porcelain Crowns
Are you disappointed with the look of an old crown? Is there a visible dark line showing at the gum line or does the color of the porcelain not match the other the teeth? This appearance can be quite unsettling, especially if it is a tooth that shows when you smile. Crowns are traditionally made with metal and porcelain. The metal surrounds the tooth to give it strength and then the porcelain is bonded over the metal to make it look more natural. These types of crowns work very well and we continue to use them today. For areas in the back of the mouth where the force from biting is very strong and for those who grind their teeth, these types of crowns will usually be a better choice.
However, with all porcelain crowns we can eliminate the greyness from the metal and get a more natural, life-like colour in the porcelain. Today, all porcelain crowns are much stronger than before, which gives us more flexibility in where we can place them. The result is a crown that truly matches the rest of your teeth. You will quickly be smiling with confidence once more