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Dental Crowns

Do you find it embarrassing or difficult to eat or speak properly due to damaged or decayed teeth?

A dental crown can provide strength and protection to your tooth to restore function and improve your oral health.

Learn how Dr. Alex Man at Apex Dental in Fort St. John, BC, can restore the function of your smile with a dental crown.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a porcelain, tooth-shaped covering that goes over a tooth following treatment for dental trauma or decay. A dental crown can also be used with a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. Dental crowns are most often used for the following reasons:

Root Canal

A root canal is used to address decay or infection in the interior of the tooth. Once the infection has been removed from the inside of a tooth, a dental crown is often placed over the remaining tooth structure to strengthen and protect it.

Damaged Tooth

If a tooth cannot be repaired with a filling, onlay, or inlay, a crown can be used to give the tooth additional protection and support, as well as to restore the appearance of the tooth. If the tooth is too damaged for a dental crown, an extraction may be advised.

Missing Tooth

If you need an extraction or are already missing a tooth, a dental implant with a porcelain crown may be a great option for you. The dental implant acts as a prosthetic tooth root, preventing degeneration of the jawbone that occurs with missing teeth. The implant then supports the dental crown, which looks just like your natural tooth.

Restore your smile and improve your dental health.

The tooth will be reshaped to make room for the custom crown to be placed over and then secured with dental cement.
A dental crown is a restorative treatment used to repair dental damage and decay.

Dentist-Owned and Community Centered Care Request a Consultation Today

Apex Dental Fort St. John is a locally owned dental practice that prides itself on offering quality dentistry to the community. Our local dentists understand our community and can be responsive to its needs. 

That philosophy of care allows us to provide the highest level of care to each individual that walks through our doors. Using digital X-rays and other advanced dental technology, our dentists can accurately diagnose patients to determine if dental crowns are the proper treatment or if another restorative dentistry procedure would be more appropriate.

Apex Dental offers a variety of treatment options to ensure you receive proper dental care. We are happy to answer any questions you may have so you are completely comfortable with your treatment options. Feel free to leave a message or call us to request more information or a consultation.

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As a locally-owned practice, Apex Dental feels a special connection to everyone who comes through our doors and treats them like family.
Being independently and locally owned means we can focus on the needs of the residents of Fort St. John, BC, and provide the highest level of care possible.

Benefits of a Dental Crown

Improved Oral Health

Damaged or decayed teeth can lead to significant oral health issues like infections and gum disease. This can increase your risk for further health problems such as stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and more. Your dentist can treat the damage or decay, reducing your risk of gum disease and infection.

Restored Bite

Worn or damaged teeth can lead to an imbalanced bite. An uneven bite can then cause existing dental work to fail or uneven wear on teeth. Bite problems can also lead to painful TMJ issues such as pain in your jaw, ringing in your ears, and difficulty opening or closing your mouth. A dental crown can help restore balance to your bite.

Boosted Self-Confidence

Damaged, decayed, or missing teeth can be embarrassing, causing you to hide your smile. With a dental crown, not only is your dental function restored but there are cosmetic benefits too. Following treatment, you can confidently share your smile. Porcelain crowns are natural-looking and designed to blend with your natural teeth.

Dental Crown Treatment Timeline

Our Fort St. John, BC, dentistry practice and Vancouver lab use high-quality porcelain for your crown. Porcelain is a natural-looking, durable material and can last 10 years or more with proper dental care.
Our Fort St. John, BC, dentistry practice and Vancouver lab use high-quality porcelain for your crown. Porcelain is a natural-looking, durable material and can last 10 years or more with proper dental care.


Each patient has unique dental needs, and your dentist will first need to perform an initial evaluation to determine the right course of treatment for you. Dr. Man will examine your mouth and discuss your dental history and needs before developing a treatment plan customized for you. Our practice uses digital X-rays to help diagnose our patients.

Preparatory Treatments

If you have decay or are missing a tooth, treatments such as a root canal, implant placement, or extraction must be performed before the dental crown is placed. Healing times will vary based on your treatment. For extractions, your gums must be given time to heal, which usually takes a few weeks. For implants, the implant must be given time to fuse to the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. This can take several months.

Preparing the tooth

If you do not require preparatory treatments, the dentist will reshape the tooth to allow the dental crown to fit properly.

Impressions &
Temporary Crown

Impressions are taken of your mouth to craft your custom dental crown. Your dentist will also match the dental material to your teeth so that your permanent crown will blend seamlessly into your smile. The impressions and Dr. Man's instructions are then sent to our lab in Vancouver where your crown will be crafted using high-quality dental porcelain. It typically takes about two weeks for your permanent crown to be fabricated, at which point you will return to our Fort St. John, BC, practice to have it placed. During the interim, you will be fitted with a temporary crown to protect the tooth.

Dental Crown Placement

When your permanent crown arrives at our office, your dentist will remove the temporary crown, clean the tooth, ensure the permanent crown fits properly, and make any needed adjustments to ensure proper fit, comfort, and function.

A Closer Look at Dental Crown Treatment

To ensure a comfortable fit, Dr. Man at Apex Dental in Fort St. John, BC, will carefully reshape the damaged tooth so that it can accept the dental crown.
Our advanced technology, such as our digital X-ray imaging, not only benefits our patients but also the planet. Digital X-ray minimizes exposure to harmful radiation for our patients and reduces the chemicals released into the environment.

Don't Suffer With a Compromised Tooth Call Apex Dental in Fort St. John today!

Missing, decayed, or damaged teeth can cause a host of issues, such as an increased risk of further infections and excessive wear on your remaining natural teeth. They can also keep you from eating the foods you love. A natural-looking dental crown can restore your oral health, function, and appearance, as well as your self-confidence and quality of life. Our dentists can provide a solution that allows you to stop suffering and start enjoying the benefits of a complete and healthy smile.

Call us or fill out our online form to request a consultation and begin your journey to a healthy and beautiful smile. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our Fort St. John practice believes in patient education. We look forward to answering your questions in person, but in the meantime, we have provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental crowns:

How do I care for my dental crown?

It's easy! Simply brush twice a day with a soft bristle brush. It's also important to floss once a day, but take care to pull the floss from front to back rather than up and down when flossing near the crown. This simple safety measure will help prevent dislodging the crown.

How long does a porcelain crown last?

On average, a dental crown can last up to 10 years. With proper care, it can last even longer. However, it is important to remember that the porcelain, while durable, will wear over time and eventually need to be replaced. 

What if my temporary crown falls out before my permanent crown is ready?

Call our dental practice as soon as possible. A tooth that has undergone root canal or other treatments for advanced decay or trauma requires added protection to prevent further damage. We will do everything we can to get you into our office and replace the temporary crown.

Can I replace a lost tooth with a crown?

You can when you combine it with a dental implant! An implant is a small titanium device that replaces a lost tooth root. When you combine it with a custom crown, you can restore a lost tooth from the chewing surface to the root for a solution that isn't just stable, but also a major benefit to your oral health. That's because implants provide the same stimulation that roots give to the jaw, preventing the bone recession that would otherwise follow tooth loss.

Dental bridges are another solution our Fort St. John dentistry practice can provide to replace a lost tooth. Dental bridges consist of replacement teeth supported by porcelain crowns placed on nearby healthy teeth. Although dental bridges can't stop bone recession, they remain an excellent solution for patients who aren't candidates for dental implants.

Our dentists can provide a solution that allows you to stop suffering and start enjoying the benefits of a complete and healthy smile.

Apex Dental Fort St. John

Dr. Alexander Man and Dr. Henry Ma are committed to providing patients in our community with high quality dental care. Together, they have more than 20 years of combined experience providing comprehensive dental services to patients, including:

We welcome new and existing patients. Contact us online to send us a message or request an appointment. You can also call us at (250) 787-7820.

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