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Burlington Dentistry Providing Tooth Crowns & Caps

What Is a Crown?

A dental crown is a cover for a tooth. The terms crown and cap are interchangeable. It strengthens and protects weak teeth. It is also the most durable and esthetic restoration dentistry has to offer. You can say it is integration or marriage of strengthening teeth and maximum esthetics.

Why Crowns?

There are three circumstances in which a dental crown is recommended. First reason: weakness due to fracture or decay. In this instance there is loss of substantial enamel. Secondly, to strengthen any tooth after root canal. Third reason would be to improve cosmetic appearance of dark or unsightly teeth. A crown can be used on a natural tooth or implant to restore the tooth above the gum line.

Dental crowns and caps have unparalleled aesthetics due to the use of modern porcelain materials. Tooth shades can be custom matched to suit any shade of white and bright enamel.

How Long Does It Take To Get a Crown?

In our office it takes two visits because it is the best way to make the best looking crowns. The first visit is to prepare the tooth, make a mold and temporary crown.  The second visit is to deliver the permanent crown and takes 30 minutes.

What Does the Procedure Entail?

The tooth has to be shaped so that the crown can easily be placed. Remarkably, crowns need no more reduction of enamel than 1.5 millimeters. This is the equivalent of the thickness of a dime, which illustrates how little enamel needs to be removed.

It’s a very comfortable procedure. It’s similar to when you get a filling. When we put a crown on a tooth that’s either an implant or root canal, you probably would not need Novocain since the tooth is not sensitive.

How Do You Choose a Dentist for Crowns?

You would seek a dentist with a good sense of esthetics and one that has done a lot of them. Dr. Lewis has personally done about 9,000 crowns in his career as a dentist. The vast majority are still in service. Dr. Lewis stands behind his work so much that he if he does a crown for you he will not charge for a remake as long as he is in practice. He will warranty crowns provided you never miss a hygiene appointment.