At Dr. Kerby Bruce and Associates, our Charlottetown dentists use dental crowns to correct tooth damage and prevent further deterioration.
What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are hollow, artificial teeth that are placed over an entire decayed or damaged tooth like a cap to restore its original shape, size and colour.
Dental crowns improve the function, strength, and appearance of a broken tooth that may otherwise need to be extracted.
Crowns are very durable and can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain and metal. They look and function like natural teeth, and if cared for properly, can last 10 years or more.
How Dental Crowns Work
When a tooth has a large amount of damage or decay, your dentist may use a dental crown to restore it eliminating the need for more invasive dental work.
Dental crowns are used to cover dental implants or for cosmetic reasons, such as to lighten a discoloured tooth. Crowns may also be used to restore a tooth after another dental procedure like a root canal or to attach a dental bridge.
The Crown Procedure
Placing a dental crown requires two dental appointments. During the first appointment, your dentist will prepare the tooth and take an impression which will be used to create a custom crown. While your crown is being made, you may be fitted with a temporary crown.
You will return for your second appointment once the crown is ready. Your dentist will place and sculpt the restoration so that your bite and jaw movements function normally.