If you are in need of a dental restoration, whether due to damage or for cosmetic purposes, crowns can help to strengthen the tooth while changing its appearance. Our North Delta dentists share some information about dental crowns and which type might be the best choice for you.
How Dental Crowns Help to Protect Your Teeth
A dental crown is a hollow cap that is placed over a tooth, commonly after fillings, to help strengthen the tooth and provide a healthy appearance. One of the main uses of dental crowns is to repair and strengthen teeth that have received treatment. In other cases, dental crowns may be used to change the appearance of the teeth.
The Different Materials For Dental Implants
There are a number of different types of dental crowns each made out of different materials. The choice of material is usually based on the location of the crown as well as the patient's budget. some of the most common types of dental crowns include:
Crowns that are made out of porcelain are made to match the colour of the surrounding teeth. This will create a natural appearance that will blend in, making them more discreet. They are, however, more prone to chipping and wear than other materials. As a result, they are only used in a small percentage of cases to replace teeth.
Like porcelain, composite dental crowns will also blend seamlessly with the other teeth while also being stronger. While they may not wear down as quickly as porcelain, they may experience chips and stains.
Metal or Gold
Gold is one of the most durable materials that dental crowns can be made of. They should not wear down or stain like composite crowns, but they are not the most natural looking which means that they are not commonly used on the front teeth.
These dental crowns typically have the most natural appearance and offer the best of both worlds when it comes to restoration. While they should be chip and stain-resistant, the metal may show through due to their placement and construction.
What happens when you are getting a dental crown?
You will need to visit our office two times to have the dental crown procedure completed. Your dentist will put you under general anesthesia for your dental crown appointment in order to keep you comfortable.
During your first visit, the dentist will file down the affected tooth. They will also take an impression of this tooth which will be used to make the crown. While you are waiting for your new crown your dentist can provide you with a temporary one.
Once your dental crown is created, you will have your second visit where your new crown will be placed. Your dentist will take the time to ensure that this crown fits properly and adheres well.
When might a crown be recommended?
It is important to know that a dental crown may not be the right solution for you and your unique dental situation. Your dentist will take your issues and needs into consideration when determining which treatment option is right for you. There are a number of dental concerns where a dental crown may be deemed the appropriate solution.
Common Reasons a Dental Crown Would Be Needed
- Large cavities that can't be repaired with a dental filling
- To cover a tooth that has had a root canal
- To prevent weakened teeth from breaking
- To hold together a cracked tooth
- To restore a broken tooth
- To provide support to a dental bridge
- To conceal misshapen teeth
- To cover dental implants
- To disguise discoloured teeth that won't respond to teeth whitening