Even though you take excellent care of your teeth, a tooth can break in an auto accident or when playing a contact sport. A broken tooth must be repaired. Otherwise, the rest of it could also break off when you’re eating and cause you to choke. If you break only one or two teeth, then the best option to repair them is with dental crowns.
A dental cap, also known as a crown, is sometimes recommended for teeth that are too worn or damaged to be repaired by other procedures. Crowns completely cover a tooth and resemble a tooth’s natural shape. They are usually made of zirconia, metal, porcelain, a combination of metal and porcelain, or sometimes gold. Our dentist will choose the best material for your mouth. Like fillings and bonding, porcelain crowns can be indistinguishable from other teeth.
A dental crown fits over a broken tooth like a cap and is cemented into place to protect the rest of the tooth. The crown allows you to speak and eat as you normally would while preventing the rest of the tooth from breaking off.
Also, a dental crown looks like a natural tooth, so when other people see it, they won’t know it’s not natural unless you tell them. One of our dentists at Kensington Dental Clinic in Edmonton, Alberta that has experience with crowns will talk to you about the options for crowns that we offer.
While most people choose natural-looking crowns fashioned from porcelain due to their likeness to natural teeth, you can also choose metal crowns that consist of gold, palladium, nickel, or chromium. Metal crowns are very hard and rarely chip or break. Also, they can withstand the pressure from biting and chewing better than other crown materials.
Metal fused with porcelain crowns are popular because they are also durable due to the metal lining, and they look like natural thanks to the porcelain. Full porcelain or ceramic crowns also look like natural teeth and are durable, but they can break and chip much easier than metal fused to porcelain crowns.
If you want a strong natural-looking crown, a pressed ceramic crown is a very good option. They look like natural teeth, and they have a strong ceramic liner with a porcelain finish. If money is an issue, talk to one of our dentists about an all-resin crown. They are good for replacing a front tooth economically.
If you need a tooth repaired, make an appointment with one of our dentists at Kensington Dental Clinic in Edmonton, Alberta.