A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over the tooth. This covers the tooth and restores its shape, size, and strength as well as improves its appearance. Crowns are often used to protect a weak tooth from breaking or to restore an already broken tooth. Cosmetically, crowns can be used to cover severely discoloured or misshapened teeth as well as to make cosmetic modifications. When placing dental implants, a crown is normally placed on top of the post that is placed in the socket.
During your initial visit to BC Perio Dental Health and Implant Centre, if it has been determined that crowns are an appropriate treatment, then impressions will be made for permanent crowns which are typically ready in three weeks. In the meantime, temporary crowns will be placed. These are usually are made of acrylic and are held in place using a temporary cement. The temporary material is shaped by the dentist to form a tooth shape that protects the prepared tooth and prevents damage to the gums.
Given that temporary crowns are just a temporary fix until the permanent crown is ready it is recommended that you:
- Avoid sticky or chewy foods
- Avoid use of the side of the mouth with the temporary crown
- Avoid chewing hard foods (such as raw vegetables)
- Slide dental floss out rather than lifting it out
During your second visit, the temporary crown will be removed and the doctor will test the permanent one. At times, some additional polishing or other adjustments may be needed before final placement. However, once you have your permanent crowns you can expect to go back to eating normally and enjoy you beautiful smile.