A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. A crown is sometimes known as a 'cap'. Montreal dentist Dr Alyce Fischer will examine and evaluate your teeth at the Lasalle Dental Centre.
Crowns are an ideal restoration for teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling.
A crown could be used for a number of other reasons, for instance:
Porcelain Veneers are very thin shells of tooth coloured porcelain that are used to improve the appearance of chipped teeth - particularly the front teeth. The Veneer is bonded onto the natural tooth in the same way one would stick on a false nail to a finger. Veneers are resistant to staining due to age, tea, coffee, red wine and smoking.
This method is used for changing small irregularities but is less successful than veneers in the treatment of some problems. The tooth is prepared by etching its surface with a gel. The surface of the tooth is then painted with a bonding liquid that sets when a special light is shone on it.
Bonding is generally used as a conservative temporary measure and is also a satisfactory solution to small blemishes. The tooth does not require preparation and can be done in one visit.