Dental crowns cover compromised teeth, while protecting, strengthening, and restoring them. These restorations can treat teeth that are broken, weak, or severely decayed. A dentist may recommend crowns to protect teeth from fracturing after a root canal treatment. Regardless of the reason for the restoration, Ontario patients want to know the details of dental crown procedures. Their local dentist, Dr. France Chevalier, is a proponent of patient education and happy to provide this information.
Dental crown procedure explained
For conventional crown treatments, dental offices prepare the teeth, take impressions, and send the molds to a laboratory for fabrication of the crowns. Patients usually wear temporary crowns for a few weeks while awaiting the final restorations. Dr. Chevalier utilizes a progressive technology called E4D to design and create crowns in her office. She usually completes the entire procedure within one week. The process involves:
- Preparing the tooth – Dr. Chevalier removes all decay and diseased tooth material, followed by shaping the tooth for optimal retention.
- Taking an impression – Dr. Chevalier takes a digital impression of the mouth, and uses the image to create a computer design of the restoration. She then transfers the data to a milling machine.
- Creating the crown – Dr. Chevalier places a color appropriate block of porcelain in the milling chamber. This biocompatible material is durable and blends nicely with natural teeth.
- Fitting the crown – Dr. Chevalier checks fit and appearance before polishing and placing the crown.
With proper care and maintenance, crowns can last more than a decade. Dr. Chevalier will provide specific aftercare instructions. These often include brushing teeth at least twice daily and flossing before bedtime. It is critical to schedule and keep dental appointments for professional cleanings and examinations every six months. Watching your diet is another important practice for oral and overall health. She may advise you maintain a nutritious diet, and avoid sugary foods.
If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, do not delay treatment. Following a consultation and thorough treatment planning, you can embrace a new restoration. Call +1 (613) 233-1118 today to schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Chevalier.
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