At Vic West Dentistry, our Victoria dentists use dental crowns to correct significant tooth damage and prevent further deterioration.
What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are placed over an entire damaged or decayed tooth to restore its original colour, size and shape. These hollow, artificial teeth improve strength, function and appearance of a broken tooth that may otherwise need to be extracted.
Crowns are incredibly durable and may be created from a number of materials, from porcelain to metal. They look and function similar to a natural tooth and if cared for properly, can last 10 years or more.
How Dental Crowns Work
Sometimes, a tooth is so damaged or decayed that large parts of it must be removed. It may be too small for a filling. In these circumstances, your dentist may use a dental crown to restore it and correct most major tooth damage.
Dental crowns can also be used to restore a tooth following another dental procedure, such as a root canal. They may be used to attach bridges, cover dental implants, or for cosmetic reasons, including to lighten a discoloured tooth.
The Crown Procedure
Typically, your dentist would need two dental appointments to place a dental crown. During the first, your tooth will be prepared and an impression will be taken so a custom crown can be created.
While your crown is being made, you may be fitted with a temporary crown. Once your permanent crown is ready, you'll return to our office for a second appointment so it can be placed and sculpted just for you. Now, your jaw and bite movements should function normally.