Fractured or Cracked Tooth: Think of a Crown

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Broken tooth? An accident from sports, including ice hockey, as well as other accidents can result in a tooth that is cracked, chipped or broken. An unsightly tooth might also be the result of a large cavity. Root canals may also require a crown after the procedure has been done. As your dentist Toronto downtown, we want you to learn more about how a dental crown can improve your smile.

What is a Crown?

According to the Canadian Dental Association, a crown is used for damaged teeth, not lost teeth. It can be used to restore the appearance and function as well as the shape of the tooth. Also called a cap, the crown is hollow and is an artificial tooth that covers the decayed or damaged tooth. It protects it from further damage and restores the tooth. A crown can also cover a discoloured tooth or one that is misshaped. It both looks and works like a natural tooth.

What Is the Procedure for a Crown?

The dentist will first give you a local anesthetic to numb the area. They will then file down the tooth that is being restored, making room for the crown to fit. An impression is made of the surrounding teeth as well as the tooth to be crowned. Based on the impression, a crown is built of restorative material. It will be made in the correct shape for your mouth and the area in which it will be placed. It make take a while for the final crown to be made; in the mean time, a temporary crown is placed over the tooth to be restored. This tooth was fashioned in accordance with the impression made made before the dentist filed the tooth down. The final crown may be different from the temporary crown. It may have a different colour and shape. The next visit concerns the removal of the temporary crown, replacing it with the final one, usually made in a laboratory. The dentist will then check to be sure the fit, shape, and colour are correct as well as the bite. If everything is right, the crown is cemented in place.

Why Get a Crown on a Tooth?

Maybe you have a stained or discolored tooth that can not be whitened. Or an unsightly chip in a tooth is making you uncomfortable every time you smile. Putting stress on a tooth that is cracked or fractured can lead to breakage and loss of the tooth, so a crown is a great solution before an emergency happens. A crown may also be used to cover a dental implant.

Insurance May Provide Help

If you are a student, Ryerson dental plans and Studentcare Dental Network may cover some of the major services, such as crowns and bridges. Have more questions? Contact us to make an appointment. The R U Smiling dental clinic is conveniently located in downtown Toronto. We’re easy to reach from the surrounding universities and businesses. Why not improve your smile with a needed dental crown?