A crown is used to restore a natural appearance to a damaged tooth while allowing the patient to continue to use that tooth as they would have prior to the damage occurring. Here, our dentists in Surrey talk about when dental crowns might be the best choice and what to expect.
Porcelain tooth-coloured crowns are popular dental restorations that surround an entire tooth's surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. Also known as a cap, a porcelain crown is a highly durable tooth replacement customized to match the shape, size and colour of your teeth, leaving you with a long-lasting, symmetrical smile.
When might dental crowns be recommended?
Our dentists in Surrey may recommend a dental crown if you have experienced one of the following dental conditions:
- Discoloured teeth that will not respond to teeth whitening
- Weakened or cracked teeth that require reinforcement
- Large cavities that your dentist isn't able to repair with a dental filling
- Dental bridge that needs support
- Fractured fillings
- Broken or decayed teeth that need to be restored
- Tooth that has a root canal
- Misshapen teeth that require concealing
- Dental implants that need to be covered with a tooth replacement
What to expect during the dental crown procedure
A crown procedure is most commonly completed in two appointments. During your first visit, the dentist will provide a local anesthetic and file down your damaged tooth to leave room for the crown to be placed on top. An impression will be made and used to construct your restoration, which can then be custom-fitted to your tooth.
While you are waiting for your new customized crown to be ready your dentist will provide you with a temporary crown in order to allow you to continue using your teeth as normal. Your dentist will remove the temporary restoration to replace it with your new permanent dental crown by cementing it into place.