A Guide to Dental Crowns

A Guide to Dental Crowns

Dec 01, 2020

You need dental crowns if you want a healthy, confident smile.  Most teeth imperfections rob people of their beautiful smiles. Dental crowns will restore your smile again. This treatment option has other benefits for your dental health.  For instance, we can use it to cover a tooth with a large filling.

Crowns are caps that we place on your natural teeth for several purposes. They do resemble your teeth both in appearance and color. Crowns will cover your entire tooth above the gum line.  This is a proven treatment option that will restore your lost smile. Talk to our dentist for more information about dental crowns in Edmonton.

This is a complete guide to getting this treatment option. Here you will find the answers to all your questions about this treatment option. The right information is important when it comes to dental crowns. You will know what to do and expect when going for this treatment.

Why Do Patients Need Dental Crowns?

Patients need this treatment option for several reasons. These are some of the reasons why our dentist can recommend dental crowns in Edmonton AB.

  • To cover a dental implant
  • To protect weak teeth from issues like decay and chipping
  • Supporting and covering a tooth with a large filling
  • Covering a tooth after root canal treatment
  • Covering discolored teeth
  • To cover misshaped teeth

Common Types of Dental Crowns

These are some of the options we can use to restore your teeth. If you have any dental issues that necessitate this treatment option talk to a dentist near you today.

Gold Crowns

Although gold crowns are not a popular choice, some dentists prefer them.  These are strong crowns that are known for their durability. They will withstand damage and pressure for years.  When getting gold crowns, we only remove a small proportion of your tooth. Because of their strength, we use them to restore the back teeth.

Gold crowns also have their downsides.  Their color is far from that of your natural teeth. This is not an option for patients who value aesthetics.  The gold crown will be visible when you talk, eat, and smile.

Porcelain Crowns

These are the most popular crowns. Most patients prefer them because they resemble natural teeth. They provide a natural look and won’t be noticeable. We use them to restore front teeth. Porcelain crowns are also biocompatible, as they contain no metal. If you are looking for a toxic-free option, our dentist will use these crowns on you.

The downside with this option is that it is not as strong as the gold one.  Porcelain crowns can also last but not as long as gold crowns. You will need to take good care of them if they are to last. This is also a costly option.

Porcelain-fused to Metal Crowns

Patients who value their smile and want a lasting option prefer these crowns.  They are also more affordable than other options.  However, some patients don’t prefer them for several reasons. First, these crowns can cause a greyish color at the gum line. They can also damage the adjacent teeth if you do clench your teeth.

All Resin Crowns

All resin crowns are also less expensive than gold and porcelain ones. Their only problem is that they are not as strong as porcelain-fused to metal crowns. They will break down in a short time if you don’t take good care of them. Talk to your dentist about dental crowns near you if you are not sure about which option to go for.

Pressed Ceramic

We use this type of crown to restore front teeth. This is because they match your natural teeth and will give you a healthy smile. We also them for patients with allergies. This is because the part in contact with gums is ceramic in nature.

Getting a Crown

To get a custom crown, you will need to visit the dentist more than once.  The first thing a dentist will do is preparing your tooth.  Your dentist will then take a mold to ensure the crown fits. The dentist will then use a temporary restoration option to protect your tooth until your crown is ready.

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