Porcelain crowns or “caps” are used to protect a damaged or broken tooth by placing a cap over it, protecting it from external factors and ultimately extending the longevity of the tooth.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain, colour-matched crowns tend to be the most popular due to the fact that they resemble your natural tooth enamel and are designed to match the shape and size of your natural teeth, giving you a durable and long-lasting solution for a cracked or broken tooth.
Why would I need a dental crown?
There are various reasons why your dentist in Fort Saskatchewan may recommend a porcelain crown. Accidents happen - whether you’ve bitten down onto something hard, taken a tumble, or have been hit in the mouth during physical activity – teeth can crack and become damaged. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may require a crown, or simply a filling if the damage is minor. Sometimes a patient may require a dental crown to restore a large, dated, amalgam (metal) filling that has corroded or caused cracks in the tooth.
What is involved in preparing for a porcelain crown?
If you’re due for your regular hygiene visit, we’ll book you in for a cleaning prior to your crown appointment. A tooth crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking highly accurate digital impressions of your teeth that will be used to create your custom porcelain crown. You will get a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory and ready to be placed. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement, and your bite will be checked to ensure a comfortable fit.
At your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new permanent crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate. It’s important to remember to continue with your regular dental hygiene routine of flossing and brushing.
Dr. Patricia Kenny
Dr. Levi Ross
Dr. Lindsay Patterson
201 - 10010 88 Ave.
Fort Saskatchewan, AB