Prepared by your dentist, a crown or cap is a cover that fits over a tooth that has been damaged by decay, fracture, or is badly stained or misshapen.

A crown can be made of acrylic, metal, porcelain or porcelain bonded to metal. All-porcelain crowns look more like your natural teeth, and therefore are usually used for front teeth, while porcelain bonded to metal is stronger and better for crowns in the back of the mouth. Sometimes all-metal crowns are used for back teeth because of the metal’s strength.

To prepare your tooth for a crown, the tooth is first anesthetized (frozen) and then reduced down so the cap can fit over it. An impression of the teeth and gums is made and a temporary cap is fitted over the tooth until the permanent crown is fabricated.

On your next visit, the dentist will remove the temporary cap and cement the crown to the tooth. The crown will look like your natural tooth in shape and color.

Avalon Dental Centre has recently installed the latest technology which in many cases will allow us to provide you with a tooth colored crown or onlay in one visit!