At Brooks Landing Dental, our Nanaimo dentists use dental crowns to help correct significant tooth damage and to assist in preventing further deterioration.
What is a Dental Crown?
These hollow, artificial teeth are placed over an entire damaged or decayed tooth to help restore it to its original size, shape and colour.
Dental crowns work to improve the function, appearance and strength of a broken tooth, which may otherwise be lost.
Crowns are incredibly durable and may be made from a number of materials, including metal and porcelain. They typically look and function like natural teeth. If cared for properly, they could last 10 years or more.
How Dental Crowns Work
A tooth sometimes experiences so much damage or decay that large parts of it must be removed. In these circumstances, your dentist may restore it with a dental crown.
A dental crown can also be used to restore a tooth following another dental procedure such as a root canal. Dental crowns may also be used to attach bridges, to cover dental implants or for cosmetic reasons, such as to lighten a discoloured tooth.
The Crown Procedure
Placing a dental crown typically requires two dental appointments. During the first, your dentist will prepare your tooth and take an impression of it, which will be used to create the custom crown. While your crown is being made, a temporary crown may be created for you.
Once your crown is ready, you'll return for a second appointment, during which your dentist will place and sculpt the crown for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally.