What are dental crowns?

A dental crown is a tooth shaped prosthesis made in order to restore a damaged tooth back to its original shape, size and appearance. Crowns have a variety of functions including protecting a weak tooth from breaking or holding together parts of a cracked tooth.

Some uses of crowns include:

  • Restoring a broken tooth
  • Holding a tooth or bridge in place
  • Cover misshapen or discolored teeth
  • Cover an implant
  • Cover a tooth post-root canal surgery.

What are dental crowns made of?

Some of the materials that dental crowns could be made of include:

  • Metal
  • Porcelain
  • Resin
  • Ceramic

What is the process of getting a dental crown like?

Our dentist will apply anaesthetic to numb the tooth that is receiving the crown, as well as the surrounding gum tissue. They will use a dental drill as well as an abrasive bur in order to remove the outer surface of the tooth from the top and sides in order to create adequate room for the crown to be placed.

Our dentist will then have to take a mould (impression) of the tooth either manually or digitally. This will be sent to a laboratory in order to process a crown that fits your tooth, which will take about one week. In the interim, our dentist will fit a temporary crown in order to keep the tooth covered temporarily.

You will then have to return to the dentist so that the permanent crown can be placed and fastened securely with cement.