Are Dental Crowns Right For You?

If your dentist has recommended a crown, or you’re looking to improve the appearance and functionality of your teeth, you’ll want to know the facts regarding dental crowns. To help ensure you make an informed decision when it comes to getting crowns, we at Southridge Dental, Lethbridge have created this simple and informative guide.

What is a Dental Crown?
A crown is a tooth-shaped protective cover that a dentist places over your tooth. It protects the tooth from further damage—this is important as cracked and broken teeth are more susceptible to infection—and possible cavities further down the line.

Dental crowns also improve the appearance of broken, damaged or discoloured teeth. Healthy looking teeth are essential for both self-confidence and a radiant smile..

Who is an Ideal Candidate?
You may want to consider dental crowns if you answer yes to any of the following questions:

  • Are your teeth broken or damaged?
  • Are your teeth decayed?
  • To you have a tooth that requires a root canal?
  • Do you have a large filling?
  • Do you dislike the appearance of your smile, perhaps due to shape, colour or uneven spaces between your teeth?

Although these are some of the most common reasons to get a crown, it’s a good idea to visit your dentist for a check-up if you have any concerns or questions.

The Procedure

Once you’ve decided that a dental crown is right for you, here’s what you can expect:
  • Before the procedure starts, you’ll be given a shot of local anaesthetic (you’ll feel no pain during the process)
  • Your dentist will then file your tooth to make room for the crown
  • Your dentist will then take an “impression” of your tooth to help mould the perfect shape. In the meantime, your dentist may fit a temporary crown
  • On your next visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and then your final crown will be cemented in place. Your dentist will check that the fit of the crown is correct

Do Dental Crowns Last Forever?
Depending on the condition of your teeth, the number of crowns and the material your crowns are made of, their longevity varies. According to the Canadian Dental Association, crowns should last at least ten years, but typically last even longer. Longevity largely depends on the care you take, so treat your crown like a regular tooth and be sure to brush and floss properly.

Southridge Dental for Your Crowns

Not sure where to get your crowns fitted in Lethbridge? Contact us today at Southridge Dental. Professional and friendly, let us ensure your dental health while increasing your confidence with a brand new smile.

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