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
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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)
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Frequently Asked Questions:
A dental crown, also known as a ‘cap’ is permanent and designed to fit over a tooth so that it appears to be a natural tooth. Different materials are used to create crowns including metals, ceramics and porcelains. Sometimes a combination of materials will be used for a dental crown. Ceramic crowns are very sturdy and pleasing to the eye.
There are a variety of reasons as to why a person might need a dental crown, each situation and patient different from the others. Just a few instances when a dental crown could be necessary include:
- If a tooth has been heavily restored it’s risk for breaking typically increases but a dental crown can actually lengthen the tooth’s life.
- If a tooth has undergone a root canal it becomes much more brittle which puts it at risk for cracking or fracturing. A dental crown can be placed on this tooth for maximum protection from a fracture or chance of breaking.
- If you have a tooth that doesn’t quite match the rest of your teeth, like a discoloured tooth, a dental crown can cover it up and help it blend in with your other teeth.
Two visits will be required in order to create your crown. Your tooth will be reshaped and recontoured in order for the crown to fit properly. We will take an impression of your tooth and place a temporary crown during the first visit. Your second visit is when we apply and fit your actual crown, adjusting your bite as necessary.
When researching dental crowns you may come across the term ‘post’ and this is placed in a tooth treated with a root canal and acts as a ‘frame’ for the crown. The post can be crafted from plastic or metal and supports the crown. Only teeth that have lost a good deal of structure require a post.
If you prefer to have something other than a crown you could possibly have a large filling placed. Unfortunately, there is a risk with using a filling. It can actually fracture which would result in another treatment.
There are different materials used to create dental crowns and new materials are introduced regularly but the most preferred options at Martindale Dental include:
- Gold Alloy
We will use a local anaesthetic when preparing the tooth for a crown and you shouldn’t feel anything different than as if you were having a filling done. A local anaesthetic may not be required if you’re having a post crown and there is no nerve present in the tooth.
We will match your dental crown with your teeth as closely as possible to lessen the noticeability.
At first you might notice it feels different but after a few days it should become normal and less noticeable. If your bite doesn’t feel correct you might need an adjustment which we can help you with.
By taking proper care of your crown you can expect it to last a lot longer. While the crown won’t decay, decay can still form along the edge of the joining of the crown and your tooth. So it’s very important to continue with your normal oral hygiene routine and treat it like you would the rest of your teeth.
If proper care is taken you can expect your crown to last a long time. We can better determine this during your visit