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Dental Crown

How long does implant treatment take?

After implants are placed in the mouth they must be allowed to heal for a period between 10-20 weeks. Once the healing is completed then crowns, bridges or dentures can be placed onto the implants. In more complex cases treatment can take longer depending on the individual circumstances.

How is a dental crown placed?

On the first visit, we will prepare a tooth for a dental crown by reducing its size so to make room for the crown to fit over it. An impression of the teeth and gums is taken and then sent to a lab so that the crown can be designed. We will make a temporary crown for the patient to wear, until the permanent crown is ready. On the second visit we will remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent one. The permanent crown will look very natural with the color and shape customized for the patient. It will be made of either metal covered by porcelain, or entirely porcelain.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown (also referred to as a cap) is a restoration that covers a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size. This helps to strengthen a tooth and improve its appearance. A crown is recommended for:

 

a) Teeth that have cracks and are broken down…this way all of the cracks are sealed so that the damage does not get worse

 

b) Teeth that have large fillings…the crown supports large fillings when there is not enough natural tooth remaining

 

c) Root canal treated teeth which are often weak and brittle

 

d) Badly shaped and discolored teeth