Ottawa, ON dentist describes how to care for dental crowns
Posted by Dr. France Chevalier
At the practice of Dr. France Chevalier in Ottawa, ON, patients have access to general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry with a holistic approach. Her practice is here to help individuals in obtaining and maintaining oral health and wellness. With the help of her team, patients can address imperfections, reduce their risk of periodontal disease and cavities, and live their life with little worry about their smiles. When patients have dental restorations placed, such as dental crowns, they can speak to a professional about how to care for these restorations to ensure that they last as long as possible.
What is a dental crown?
Dr. France Chevalier describes the dental crown as a restorative “cap” that is bonded over the natural structure of a tooth to disguise imperfections or add strength and durability to a weakened tooth. Teeth may become weak due to large fillings or root canal therapy, which makes them more susceptible to breakage. Dr. France Chevalier may recommend a dental crown over a tooth that perhaps has a chip or other breakage that makes it weak, or for teeth that have imperfections such as permanent staining. Whatever the reason, patients will find that these versatile restorations are highly desirable for many issues.
Preparation and placement
Dental crowns require the patient to have a consultation appointment and initial evaluation with our dentist to determine if they are the best solution to their specific concern. Patients come in for preparations, which requires the dentist to remove some of the natural tooth enamel for crown placement. Once the tooth has been prepared, a series of impressions are taken, during which the shape of the prepared tooth is made into a mold that is sent to an outside laboratory for the fabrication of the final restoration. A ceramist will create the new restoration for the patient and send it to the dental office within approximately one week. Patients return to have the dental crown cemented in place, and then enjoy their newly restored tooth!
Most patients with an otherwise healthy smile can benefit from the placement of a dental crown. Dental crowns are placed on teeth that do not have cavities or periodontal disease. If any of these conditions are present, they must be addressed before patients can move forward with the placement of their crown. This ensures optimum longevity.
What are the benefits of dental crowns?
Many patients will ask why dental crowns might be used in enhancing the smile. Dental crowns have several advantages. They are:
How to care for dental crowns
Dr. France Chevalier educates her patients on how to care for not only their natural teeth, but also their restorations. Because dental crowns are placed over the natural teeth, it is important to make sure that problems are not occurring underneath the restoration, including dental decay or periodontal disease. This requires patients to visit the dentist regularly, at least twice a year, to take x-rays and monitor the oral health in areas that cannot be seen with the unaided eye. Patients should brush and floss their teeth and restorations after every meal to avoid the accumulation of plaque, tartar, or bacteria that can contribute to an unhealthy smile. Patients who have conditions such as bruxism or temporomandibular joint disorder will also want to ask about the use of a night guard. These conditions can cause patients to clench and grind their teeth, which can damage restorations such as dental crowns – as well as wear down the natural teeth and cause sensitivity and breakage. Wearing a night guard can reduce the risk of damage to the smile and improve longevity of dental crowns.
Book your visit with Dr. France Chevalier today
Ottawa, ON area patients who are interested in dental crowns and other restorations are welcome to make an appointment to consult with our professionals about their options. Dr. France Chevalier is available for patients in the community by calling +1 (613) 233-1118 and visiting the practice personally at 234 Laurier Avenue West.