Dental crowns are designed to restore damaged teeth, strengthen their structure and improve the aesthetic of one’s smile.
A crown is a dental restoration that is designed to cover a damaged tooth in order to restore strength and oral function. Dental crowns are used in the case of dental implant surgery when they are attached to an implant in order to achieve a natural-looking appearance. They can also be used to repair cracked and broken teeth, as well as to protect teeth with particularly large fillings such as in the case of root canal therapy. Read on to find out more about how crowns work, and what the benefits of the treatment are…
What types of crowns are available?
Dental crowns can be made of a number of different materials. These include porcelain, ceramic, composite resin and metal, or a combination of these materials. The type of crown that your dentist recommends will depend on a number of factors, including the location of your damaged tooth, the function of the affected tooth, how much of the damaged tooth remains, and the shade of the surrounding teeth. Porcelain and ceramic crowns achieve the most natural-looking result as they can be colour-matched to blend in seamlessly with the surrounding teeth.
What are crowns used for?
Your dentist may recommend a dental crown if you have a cavity that is too large to be repaired with an ordinary filling. Dental crowns can also be used to repair teeth that are very worn down or weakened, as well as those that are cracked or broken.
In many cases, dental crowns are placed after root canal treatment. Crowns help to protect and strengthen teeth that have been weakened by the procedure.
If you are missing a tooth, your dentist may discuss the possibility of a dental crown with you. A dental crown can be attached to a dental implant or a dental bridge, depending on your needs and preference.
What does the treatment involve?
The process of having a dental crown placed usually requires two appointments. At your first appointment, your dentist will perform a thorough examination and check for issues like decay or infection. If necessary, a root canal procedure may be performed.
When your dentist is ready to place your crown, they will prepare your tooth by filing it down and creating room for your restoration. When your teeth have been properly reshaped and prepared, an impression of your tooth will be made so that your crown can be fabricated. Your dentist will place a temporary crown while you wait for your permanent crown to be made. When your permanent crown is ready, your dentist will place it over your tooth and secure it in place with dental cement. Your dentist will ensure that the colour, shape and fit are all correct and that you are happy with the result.
How can we help?
At Integra Dental, we offer a number of restorative dental treatments, including dental crowns. If you have a damaged or worn-down tooth, we encourage you to come in and see us so that we can discuss your treatment options with you. There are many advantages to choosing this form of restorative treatment — crowns can considerably strengthen damaged teeth, and also help to improve the overall appearance of one’s smile.
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At Integra Dental, we also offer a range of other dental services, including general, cosmetic and sleep dentistry, as well as orthodontic treatments. If you would like to find out more about what we do and how we can help to address your oral health concerns, please have a look at our full list of treatments here.