Porcelain Dental Crown
Fillings, trauma, decay and in many cases, everyday eating habits will make the teeth breakdown as time passes. A porcelain dental crown is a cover which is placed over the tooth to preserve a damaged tooth from further breaking down. Crowns may be used to restore a discolored or even a poorly shaped tooth or just protect a tooth which has had a root canal treatment. Finally, a brand new porcelain crown may also be used to replace an old or damaged dental crown.
Porcelain crowns are often considered the best cosmetic option given that they can be made to match the physical appearance of your teeth
The Common Dental Crown Treatment Process
Fitting a dental crown would typically involve a two visit procedure. The first visit usually consists of prepping the tooth. The dentist will remove any remnants of the decayed tooth and file the outer layer down to make room for the crown itself. After the tooth is prepped, the dentist will then take impressions of the tooth and surrounding teeth for the fitting. This is then sent off to a dental lab for manufacturing of the permanent crown. A temporary crown will be set in place for the interim until your next visit.
Once the permanent crown is ready to be fitted you will come in for your second visit. At this time the dentist will remove your temporary crown and fasten your permanent crown in with a special adhesive. After the second visit is over, your crown should look, function and feel like a regular tooth! Contact Cathedral Dental for dental crowns in Regina, SK.
Composition Of Dental Crowns
Metal-alloy crowns – these are typically a mix of gold blend with another metal such as silver, platinum, copper, palladium or tin.
Porcelain-fused-with-metal crowns – these types of crowns are composed of a thinner porcelain wrapping around a metal based that is fused to the remaining tooth. This option gives your dentist a better opportunity to match the outer porcelain to the shade of your surrounding teeth. These offer a more natural look than full metal crowns.
Full metal-free crowns – non-metal crowns are growing to be the most popular, and typically what your dentist will recommend. These are fabricated from materials such as alumina, leucite, zirconia, and porcelain. These non-metal crowns are best for a natural appearance and should last the longest.
When To Consider A Crown Or Bridge
Most often patients are in need of a crown or replacement when tooth decay has destroyed most of the natural tooth. The crown provides protection for the remainder of the tooth and root structure. Doctors may also recommend the use of a crown after root canal therapy on posterior teeth. Using a crown in these circumstances will help solidify and protect the remaining tooth. Crowns can also be used as a cosmetic option to repair badly chipped and crack teeth or to close space between teeth. When closing or bridging a gap the crowns will be attached to a dental bridge. Dental crowns for cosmetic purposes are often less expensive than other alternatives.
- To fix a badly decayed tooth
- To repair a badly chipped or fractured tooth
- After root canal therapy (to protect the tooth & root structure)
- To close gaps in teeth (aesthetic purposes)
Meet Dr. Sungho Jun
Come visit Dr. Sungho Jun and his associate the dental team at Cathedral Dental Clinic. We are a part of the Canadian Dental Association, and are located in Downtown Regina. We strive to quickly accommodate appointments and will always accept emergency patients. We serve everyone from children to seniors; with knowledge, compassion, and personalized care.
Our experienced dental team will provide detailed advice for keeping your smile healthy. This includes dietary recommendations, specialized oral hygiene products, and brushing techniques.
At Cathedral Dental Clinic we provide general dentistry services, but we have a network of industry connections for other dental services which include: specialist for oral surgery, orthodontic care, as well as periodontal concerns. Call or stop in to make an appointment with us today.