Dental crowns are long-lasting and durable tooth prosthetics.
We ensure that our patients are happy and comfortable with their crowns. Modern porcelain crowns are beautiful, life-like, blend in with the other teeth, and are nearly indestructible. Unlike cosmetic dental treatments, crowns are usually included in dental plan coverage. This makes them a budget-friendly option for tooth restoration.
Dental crowns from our Lethbridge office are designed to strengthen and restore damaged and decayed teeth. Crowns are one of the most commonly used tooth restorations because they are affordable, easy to install, and covered by many dental insurance plans.
Dental Crowns Overview
Dental crowns are fitted as part of a two-stage process. During your first visit to our office, your tooth is evaluated using x-rays to determine the amount of damage that needs to be repaired. You will discuss which type of dental crown you want for your restoration. You will go through a color matching process to pick the right shade to match your surrounding teeth. Then any decay or old filling material will be removed, and your tooth will be gently shaped to allow for proper bite and fitting of your crown. Your tooth will be prepared by removing a portion of the enamel all the way around and across the top. If the area of decay is significant, a filler material may be used to build up the damaged part of the tooth so it can support a crown.
After this, a mold will be made of the treated tooth as well as the opposing and adjacent teeth. This mold is sent to a dental lab so a custom dental crown with the correct size, shape and biting surface can be fabricated. You will then be fitted with a custom acrylic temporary crown so that your tooth will look great and be comfortable while your permanent crown is being crafted at the lab. You will be fitted with a temporary acrylic crown to cover up the prepared tooth. When your customized dental crown arrives to our office, it will be bonded to your tooth using a strong dental cement. Any final shaping and polishing will be done at this stage. The goal is to ensure that your restored tooth looks good and is comfortable to use for biting and chewing. Occasionally, patients need a repeat visit to make minor adjustments to the crown.
When your customized crown arrives, the bite will be fine-tuned, and it will be bonded to your tooth using an extremely strong dental resin cement.