What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are like custom-made caps that are placed over the tooth. They can be placed for cosmetic reasons or to protect the underlying teeth, improving your teeth’s contours, color, function and durability. Options for beautiful, natural tooth colored crowns from Smiles on Queen will help to improve your teeth’s overall appearance and function.
When to have a dental crown?
At Smiles on Queen, we may recommend dental crowns after certain dental procedures, such as root canal treatment, or when a tooth is heavily broken or decayed, and has become too weak for a filling to be done.
Smiles on Queen dentists may recommend dental crowns if you have any of the following situations:
- Heavily decayed teeth
- Heavily restored or broken teeth
- Root canal treated teeth
- Aesthetically compromised (discolored, unsatisfactory contour/position)
- You want to improve your smile
Benefits of dental crowns
When a dental crown is placed on a damaged, decayed or improperly shaped tooth, it helps to:
- Strengthen the tooth making it more durable
- Protect the remaining structure of the tooth
- Provide a longer lasting, more definitive prosthesis compared to fillings
- Improve the color and shape of the teeth
- Correct misalignment issues and improve your bite
- Rebuild a tooth that is severely worn out
Types of dental crowns
The material that is best for a patient will depend on their needs and budget. Dental crowns can be made from metals, porcelain fused to metal, or full ceramic.
Metal crowns offer a strong, long-lasting restoration for areas where aesthetic is not a concern. Advantages include less reduction of tooth structure to fit a full metal crown, its strength and durability, and excellent compatibility with the opposing teeth and your oral tissues (particularly, gold crowns).
In areas where strength is a concern, but a tooth colored crown is preferred, a porcelain fused to metal (PFM), or particular types of full ceramic crowns may be used. PFM has porcelain that is fused with a strong metal core to create dental crowns that are color-matched to your real teeth, with the benefits of a metal substructure. However, unlike a solid metal crown, the bonded porcelain can break or chip due to wear.
Full ceramic crowns are excellent at reconstructing beautiful, natural looking tooth structure, and are often used in smile makeovers. From strong, full contoured zirconia crowns strong enough for molars, to the uncompromising aesthetics of porcelain crowns for your front teeth, full ceramic crowns can meet your aesthetic demands. Custom shading can also be done to seamlessly match your new crown to the neighboring teeth. Talk to our dentist today to help you determine the type of crowns that are ideal for you.
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What to expect during the procedure
Your dentist will begin by preparing the tooth and taking an impression of your teeth, which gets sent to the lab for crown fabrication. Until the delivery of the final crown, a temporary crown will be made and inserted. The color of the final crown can either be selected chairside or custom matched at the lab. At a quick second appointment, the temporary crown will be removed, and the final crown will be fitted and inserted.
As with any dental restoration, proper care and maintenance is crucial for the longevity of your crown. A tooth that has been crowned should be cared for just like any other tooth, with regular check-up, cleanings, and home hygiene. Just because it is crowned does not mean it can not get cavities or gum disease! In addition, patients with parafunctional habits such as bruxism (teeth grinding) may experience issues such as accelerated wear or more frequent cement debonding of the crown. A night-guard may be recommended to protect your dentition and new restorations.