Dental crowns are a fixed prosthetic device cemented in place onto existing teeth or implants. Unlike dentures, you don’t need to remove and clean these daily. Only a dentist can remove a dental crown.
What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns, sometimes also known as “caps” are used when a tooth is badly damaged but still in place. A crown is a hollow, artificial tooth that is created to sit on top of your damaged one to improve the appearance, shape or alignment. Crowns look and function very much like a natural tooth. At Advanced Dental Arts, our Winnipeg dentists use porcelain crowns as it provides the same hardness level as tooth enamel, giving your crown better longevity.
When is a crown recommended?
The most common reasons your Winnipeg dentist may recommend a crown include:
- Replacing a large filling when the amount of tooth left is minimal
- Protecting a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restoring a fractured tooth
- Attaching a bridge
- Covering a dental implant (provides tooth-like shape and structure for function), or a badly discoloured or poorly shaped tooth
- Covering a tooth after a root canal treatment
How many appointments are needed for dental crowns?
It typically takes two appointments to complete a crown.
How long does a dental crown last?
With proper care, a crown can last 30 years or more. Brush and floss daily, as you would with your other teeth. Be careful to not bite down on hard objects or use your teeth to open or cut things.
How much do dental crowns cost?
Our office follows the dental fee guides set out by the Manitoba Dental Association.