Depending on the condition of your oral cavity, your dentist performs several procedures. Some of them such as dental cleanings, fillings, and bonding, are routine procedures. However, there are other more involving procedures such as root canal, dental crowns, and wisdom teeth extraction that are easy.
A tooth cap or a crown is a prosthetic object fixed on damaged enamel. Its main purpose is to cover a damaged tooth. Specialists make dental caps by taking an impression of the tooth it covers. Before fixing a permanent crown, your dentist will fit a temporary tooth cap.
There are four different types of dental crowns. They include:
You might need a dental crown in the following situations:
Children can need crowns for:
The process of placing a crown involves two visits to the dentist. At Rossland Landing Dental Care, the first step is examining the tooth and preparation, while the second involves placing the permanent crown.
During the first visit, your dentist might take x-ray images to check the root and surrounding bone of the tooth receiving a crown. If your dentist finds the tooth with extensive decay, he or she might perform a root canal treatment first. Also if your root is damaged, your dentist can recommend a pulp cap.
Before making a crown, your dentist will numb your mouth. He will then reshape the tooth along the chewing surface and the sides to make room for a crown. After reshaping your tooth, an Ajax dentist uses a paste to make an impression of your crown. He or she will also make an impression of the teeth, to ensure the crown does not affect your bite.
Your dentist sends the impressions to a dental lab where they will make the permanent crown. After choosing the color that matches your natural tooth color, your dentist will place a temporary dental crown.
During this visit, the dentist will remove the temporary crown. He or she will then place the permanent crown and check if it fits and matches the other teeth. Once your dentist confirms that the crown fits, he or she will numb your mouth. The dentist will then cement the permanent crown in place.
Permanent crowns are durable. However, to ensure that they are in place, dentists recommend the following precaution measures: