Dental crowns, also referred to as ‘caps,’ are an effective way to restore teeth that are damaged, chipped, or cracked. Dr. Rykiss and his team also use porcelain dental crowns to seal and protect teeth that have been depleted by infection or that have undergone endodontic treatment in the form of a root canal. Unlike porcelain veneers, which only cover the front surface of a tooth, porcelain dental crowns are designed to encompass the entire tooth, offering peerless protection and a beautiful esthetic effect. Dr. Rykiss and his Linden Market Dental Centre team only use crowns made of the finest porcelain, and work hard to ensure that our Winnipeg-area patients receive restorations of the very finest quality.
When are Dental Crowns Used?
Dental crowns are often used as an aesthetic enhancement but they are generally more common for restorations. Dr. Rykiss might recommend the placement of a dental crown for the following reasons:
Traditional Dental Crown Procedure
Traditional crowns generally take two visits to the dentist. The first visit is to prepare the tooth for the crown and the second is to place the crown permanently.
During the initial visit a dentist will take X-rays to examine the roots of the tooth receiving the crown as well as the surrounding bone. This information is used to determine the best possible restoration. Before the actual crown is created, the dentist must prepare the tooth by removing parts of the chewing surface as well as sides of the tooth. This reshaping process is necessary to prepare the tooth for the crown.
After the tooth has been prepped to receive a crown, the dentist will use a paste-like material to create an impression that will be sent to a dental lab to be created. Before the patient leaves from this initial visit, a temporary crown will be placed. Once the crown returns to the dental office from the lab (often 2-3 weeks later), the temporary crown is removed and the new crown is checked for fit, form and function before permanently installed. If everything looks and feels good, a local anesthetic is used to numb the tooth and the new crown is permanently cemented in place.
If the above traditional crown procedure seems a bit inconvenient you will be excited to learn that Linden Market Dental Centre offers CEREC crowns that can be created and placed in one day! CEREC technology is a computer aided design (CAD) revolution that allows the patient to skip lab work and have a full restoration prepared and installed in the same visit. The restorations are crafted from tooth-colored ceramic and are completely natural looking and plaque resistant.
CEREC crowns-in-a-day are only available in select dental offices and our Winnipeg patients are thrilled to have the opportunity to receive them with Dr. Rykiss, a specially trained and CEREC-certified crown provider.
Contact Linden Market Dental Centre today to learn more about CEREC same day crowns and to schedule your appointment.