Restoring a tooth with a dental crown

In dentistry, a dental crown is used to cover and protect a partially damaged or fractured tooth. Dental crowns can be made of zirconia, ceramic, porcelain or metal. The colour of the crown usually perfectly matches the colour of your teeth. The crown resembles a natural tooth both in shape and shade. A crown is a strong fixed restoration that offers excellent durability.

Clinique Dentaire 1935 is available to serve all your general dentistry needs. With the support of a full and competent team, the general dentists at the clinic, located a stone’s throw from the Papineau metro station, are delighted to welcome you in their comforting and friendly environment.

For more information or to make an appointment, we welcome you to contact us at 514-527-1276.

When is a crown recommended?

A dental crown meets both functional and aesthetic needs. Unlike a dental veneer, which covers only the front part of the tooth, a crown covers the entire tooth.

The dental crown is effective in protecting a completely fractured or severely damaged tooth. The crown can also be used to hide a dental deformity. It is very useful for supporting a tooth that needs a major restoration following extensive decay. A dental crown is sometimes recommended to cover the cusps of a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment. In some cases, the crown acts as a reinforcement. It prolongs the longevity of the tooth and stabilizes the dental occlusion.

How is a dental crown made?

At the first appointment, the dentist will trim the defective tooth to remove the entire decayed part of the tooth. They prepare the support (the coronal preparation) that will receive the crown. Next, the dentist takes a series of dental impressions, which are then sent to a dental laboratory where a dental technician (prosthetist) will make a custom-made crown that is perfectly adapted to your mouth. A temporary crown is then placed on the tooth by the dentist while waiting to receive a final permanent crown. Provisional (or temporary) crowns have a lifespan of only a few weeks and require a certain amount of caution on the part of patients, as they can break easily.

At the second appointment, the dentist will cement the final crown in place. The dentist makes sure that the tooth will not interfere with chewing, that it is comfortable and properly fitted to the patient’s mouth. An aesthetic check is also performed.

Maintenance and postoperative follow-up

The most important factor in maintaining a dental crown is the patient’s personal oral hygiene. Careful maintenance and checks by the dentist and dental hygienist can significantly preserve the longevity of a dental crown. A dental crown can last for many years. However, there are other factors such as teeth grinding, health, lifestyle, stress and certain medications that can affect the longevity of a crown.

Choose Clinique Dentaire 1935 for a dental crown

Once in place, a dental crown can last up to 20 years. Maintaining good dental hygiene (brushing and flossing) is essential. Certain risk factors should also be considered. Grinding your teeth, chewing ice, biting your nails or playing contact sports can fracture or dislodge a dental crown. It is sometimes recommended to wear a mouthguard or biteplate to preserve these types of restorations.

Do you think the condition of one of your teeth requires a crown? We welcome you to contact us. Our dedicated dental team is available Monday to Friday. It will be our pleasure to provide you with information and advice tailored to your condition.

We also welcome you to contact us for your needs in family dentistry, dental implantology and cosmetic dentistry. If your situation is urgent and requires immediate assistance, contact us now.