If you’ve damaged a tooth but have not lost it, Orangeville dentist Dr. Ranu can use a crown (also called a cap) to restore its shape, appearance and function. A crown is a hollow, artificial tooth that is cemented into place to fully encase the entire visible portion of a damaged or decayed tooth. It is often used after you have a root canal, a large filling or, as mentioned, a broken tooth.
The crown or cap restores the tooth while protecting it from further damage. Crowns can also be used to improve the appearance of a discoloured or misshapen tooth. A tooth that has been fixed with a crown looks and works very much like a natural tooth and typically lasts for about 10 years or longer with proper care.
A typical dental crown treatment occurs in two main steps. First, the affected tooth and surrounding teeth are prepared and shaped so that the crown will fit nicely. An impression is also taken and sent to the the lab so that the custom-fit crown can be made, which typically takes two weeks. In the meantime, a temporary clown is placed so that you can still go about your daily life without discomfort. When you return for the second visit, we will place the custom-fit crown and bond it in place.
Talk to Orangeville dentist Dr. Ranu about which materials are best suited to your needs.