Dental Crowns and Caps in Toronto, ON
Dental crowns or dental caps are used when it is necessary to restore function and improve the strength of a tooth.
What Is A Dental Crown?
A dental crown is also referred to as a dental cap. It is a hollow tooth-shaped cover or cap; that is placed over a natural tooth or on top of a dental implant. Dental crowns are fixed prosthetics that cannot be removed by the wearer.
When a dental crown is permanently cemented into place, it will completely cover the portion of the tooth that is visible above the gum line.
When Is A Dental Crown Needed?
Dental crowns are commonly used on adult permanent teeth, but in some cases, they are used on baby teeth or primary teeth. Dental crowns or caps may be used:
To prevent a weakened tooth from breaking
To securely hold together a cracked or damaged tooth
To restore a severely damaged or worn down tooth
To add support by covering a tooth with a large filling
To secure a dental bridge
To improve the appearance of deformed or discoloured teeth
To cover a dental implant and give function to the dental implant
To cover a tooth after root canal treatment
Types of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns or caps can be made from steel, gold, metal alloys, resin, ceramic, or porcelain that is fused to metal.
Stainless steel crowns are usually used on the baby or primary teeth in children. Once the permanent or adult teeth erupt into the mouth, the stainless steel crown will fall out along with the baby tooth.
Metals crowns may include gold alloy or other alloys. Metal crowns are good at withstanding chewing and biting forces well. These crowns will rarely chip or break. Due to their colour, they are best suited for the molar teeth or teeth in the back of the mouth that are not easily seen.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns will match the look of your natural teeth, unlike metal crowns. This type of crown can be easily used in the front or back of the mouth. Porcelain crowns can break or chip off in some cases.
Resin crowns are the least expensive option. However, they will wear away faster over time, and they are more likely to fracture when compared to porcelain crowns.
Ceramic or porcelain crowns offer the best match in colour when it comes to a seamless smile, so they are a good choice for front teeth or those with metal allergies.
Milled Zirconia crowns are made in the dental office using special software and equipment, which means that a dental crown can be made the same day in most cases. This saves time because there is no waiting for a dental crown to be made in a dental laboratory and to be shipped to the dental office.
Traditional Dental Crown Procedure
- A local anaesthetic is given to the affected area.
- The affected tooth is filed down for the dental crown to fit over it.
- A dental impression is taken of the filed down or prepared tooth. The impression is used to create a custom-fitted crown in a dental laboratory.
- A temporary crown is placed on the filed down tooth, until the permanent crown arrives from the dental laboratory. This can take a couple of days to a week.
- When the permanent dental crown arrives, the temporary crown will be removed, and the permanent crown will be cemented into place.
West Village Dental Clinic uses CEREC Technology. This means that you can receive your new dental crown the same day in the office. There is no need for dental impressions or waiting for a dental laboratory.
Dental crowns are reliable and usually last for around ten years or longer if they are treated with care. Regularly scheduled dental visits will allow your dental team to monitor your oral health and the condition of your dental crown.
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