Dental Crowns

A dental crown is often an ideal treatment when the health of your teeth isn't as it should be.  Although permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, sometimes they don't.

Dental Crowns

We might recommend a dental crown for you to:

  • Cover discoloured teeth or dental implants
  • Protect a tooth from tooth decay
  • Restore a broken tooth
  • Hold a dental bridge in place


Like all our procedures we try and make life as comfortable and easy for you as possible. Preparing teeth for crowns usually involves two visits.

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During the first visit, we will take an X-ray to examine the tooth and identify any potential problems.  If a root canal isn't necessary, we will:

  • File the chewing surface and sides of the tooth.
  • Take an impression of the prepared tooth and surrounding teeth.
  • Place a temporary crown to cover the prepared tooth while the permanent dental crown is being made.

At your second visit, we will remove the temporary crown, and then check the fit and colour of the permanent crown before cementing it in place.

Dental crowns are made from a variety of dental materials, including:

  • Metal (gold, nickel or chromium)
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • All porcelain or all ceramic
  • Resin (durable plastic)

Dental crowns don't keep tooth decay at bay, however, so you still need to brush, floss and have regular dental cleanings. Avoiding certain bad habits such as opening packages with your mouth, grinding your teeth and chewing ice, will help prevent your  crowns from wearing out prematurely. Well-cared for dental crowns can last 5 to 15 years. 

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