A lot of times, patients inquire about what a dental crown is, and what I usually tell them is that it’s like a little hat that goes on the top of your tooth and helps protect it. You can receive a crown for various reasons, but the most common reason is that the tooth has had some sort of damage, whether it’s a cusp that’s broken off or there’s a preexisting large filling.
A dental crown procedure typically requires two visits to the dental office. In the initial visit, we prepare the tooth for the crown. This includes removing the outer portion of the tooth and any decay. If the tooth structure needs support, we may build up the tooth core.
After this is complete, we will make an impression of your tooth and the surrounding teeth, so the crown can be made. Basically, the process of placing a dental crown is that we shave around the tooth a little bit, about one millimeter, and we take an impression of that tooth.
That impression gets sent to our dental lab, which actually fabricates dental crowns, and then it gets sent back to us and we end up placing that crown on the tooth with special cement that we have. What the crown does is helps protect the tooth from breaking. It also helps improve the tooth’s appearance or aesthetics.
With a dental crown, there are several types of material we can use such as gold, porcelain, and porcelain fused to metal. A lot of times we use zirconia these days, which is a very strong anesthetic substance. It just depends on the clinical situation and what we want to achieve.
If you or a loved one has questions about the dental crown procedure, contact Inglewood Family Dental to arrange your consultation. We offer flexible financing options and follow the new Alberta dental fee guide to help make treatments accessible to everyone. Contact us today, we look forward to putting a smile on your face!