Dental Crowns

Dental crowns, also called dental caps or teeth caps, are used to add strength to teeth, improving their function and overall aesthetics. Dental crowns can be used to fix cracked teeth and crooked teeth, as well as other flaws.

Dental crowns serve a similar purpose as porcelain veneers, however these dental treatments differ significantly. Porcelain veneers conceal only the front of the teeth, while dental crowns cover the entire tooth like a cap. This enables crowns to improve both the appearance and strength of your teeth.

Many patients avoid the dentist because they fear dental treatment will be painful and complicated. The process for placing crowns on teeth is actually quite simple:

  • Step 1 – Comprehensive Evaluation– The first step in the process of creating crowns for teeth is a comprehensive evaluation. One of our dentists will perform a physical evaluation to inspect the teeth, gums, jaw joints, and other support structures of the mouth, carefully looking for signs of stress, decay or instability.Using diagnostic x-rays, moulds, and impressions, he will gain a clear picture of the condition of your mouth to address any health or functional concerns during treatment.
  • Step 2 – Treatment Planning – The first two steps of the process for placing crowns on teeth are critical for the long term success of the treatment. Consider treatment planning like a set of blue prints for an architect.
  • Step 3 – Tooth Preparation– Once the treatment plan is finalised, we will prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of the natural tooth structure to accommodate the dental crown. We will apply an interim restoration, called a provisional, to be worn while the final dental crown is being created. The temporary dental cap will provide temporary protection to the tooth.
  • Step 4 – Final Restoration – Because so much planning goes into the treatment process, the final step is quite simple and predictable. The dental crown will be tried on for fit and colour, then permanently bonded to the tooth and gently polished.