St. Catharines Dental Crowns

Restore Function / Appearance with a Crown

Crowns are a type of dental restoration which, when cemented into place, fully cover that portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.

Other dental restorations fill in or cover over just a portion of a tooth.
Since dental crowns encase the entire visible aspect of a tooth, a dental crown effectively becomes the tooth's new outer surface.

 

Consult Garden City Dental. A crown may rebuild your broken or decayed tooth, giving it new strength while enhancing your appearance. Crowns can be made out of porcelain ceramic, gold alloy, or a combination of both.

Dental crowns are often referred to as "dental caps."

 A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is used not only to restore the strength and functionality of a tooth that can also improve its overall appearance.

Temporary crowns are placed over a patient's tooth. While they wait for their permanent crown, they're usually prefabricated and made of plastic or stainless steel. A patient's permanent crown can be all metal, porcelain fused to metal, all-porcelain or all-ceramic, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

The metals that are used in all-metal crowns include gold, palladium, nickel, or chromium alloys. While all-metal crowns require less tooth structure to be removed and have increased your ability, they don't have a tooth-colored appearance.

Unlike metal crowns, porcelain fused to metal crowns can be matched to the color of your teeth. Unfortunately, the underlying metal may show through at the gum line and the porcelain could chip off over time. All-porcelain or all-ceramic crowns have the closest appearance of a natural tooth and may be ideal for those with metal allergies.

However, they have slightly less durability than porcelain fused to metal crowns, and because they require more preparation, they can be a bit more expensive than other types of crowns.

We'll need to take impressions of our patient's teeth. This is done by placing impression trays into the mouth and having the patient bite down on them. These trays are filled with a putty-like substance that is generally referred to as impression material.

The impression material is used to create a plaster cast and is then sent to our dental lab where a dental technician will make the patient's permanent crown.

You need to avoid sticky and hard foods. Try not to chew using the temporary crown and steer clear of flossing on either side of the temporary crown. By flossing around the temporary crown, our patient may unintentionally pull the crown off the tooth.

This includes waiting at least an hour before having anything to eat or drink and waiting 24 hours before enjoying their favorite sticky or chewy foods.

If you have any pain or sensitivity when you bite down, you should contact us immediately. This may indicate that the crown is too high on the tooth and needs to be adjusted.

Most dental crowns last anywhere between five and 15 years, depending on normal wear and tear, oral hygiene habits, and other behaviors such as teeth grinding, chewing ice, or biting your fingernails. Well, I hope you've enjoyed placing a dental crown.

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