When a tooth is fractured, has a large, old filling, or is severely damaged by decay, the placement of a crown (or cap) may be recommended.
With advances in modern dental technology, all-ceramic crowns are proven to be as strong and durable as metal porcelain crowns, but without the black line at gum level, and with the ability to be matched to your natural teeth in shape and colour.
The tooth is trimmed and an impression is taken. Your help will be required when taking the shade. A temporary tooth is cemented in place till your next visit. This may look and feel strange at first. Take care when eating. It is always best to avoid eating on the temporary tooth, if possible. This is usually a lengthy appointment.
Your crown is cemented in place. It is important that you indicate if the new crown feels high (your teeth does not meet like they use to). A marked improvement on your temporary tooth will be noted. Allow at least one hour for the cement to set before eating. It is very important that you maintain excellent oral hygiene standards to ensure that your crown stays looking good and gums stay healthy.
Here’s a summary of the great benefits to having crowns:
Functions like a real tooth to allow for normal biting and chewing
Natural restoration that will improve your smile
Reinforces remaining teeth