Dental Crowns at Our Edmonton Dental Clinic
If you have teeth that are broken, badly decayed or discoloured, your dentist from Strathcona Dental Clinic may suggest dental crowns as a restorative treatment. Also referred to as caps, dental crowns are essentially hollow covers that go over existing teeth to bolster strength or for cosmetic purposes.
About Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are made using impressions of your prepared tooth or teeth, then cemented over that tooth, up to the gum line. These are used if too much of a tooth is lost to decay to hold a filling, for cosmetic purposes and to protect the tooth after root canal treatment / therapy. Depending on your situation and what you and your Strathcona Dental Clinic dentist decide, there are three main types of crowns:
- Gold caps are highly durable and have the strength to protect back teeth for biting and chewing. Since they are very noticeable, they may not be a desired choice for front teeth.
- Ceramic or porcelain dental crowns closely resemble the colour and translucence of natural teeth. The natural look is often preferred for treatment of front teeth.
- Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) provide both the strength of metal with the natural look of porcelain to create crowns that are highly durable and less susceptible to breakage.
What to Expect While Crowning a Tooth
Crowning a tooth is a minimum five-step procedure that we assure you will be as comfortable and anxiety-free as possible. These steps include:
- Application of a local anesthetic.
- Using specialized tools, the affected tooth will be filed down to prepare for the dental crown.
- A dental impression of your filed tooth and the surrounding teeth will be taken.
- A temporary crown will be applied.
- At a subsequent visit, the permanent crown that was made from your dental impression will be fitted and cemented into place.
Strathcona Dental Clinic in South Edmonton care about your comfort during visits with us. Contact us today to book your appointment to have your teeth checked in a comprehensive dental exam or if dental crowns are needed.
**If you're nervous about going to the dentist—new ways of doing things have made modern dentistry more comfortable for patients, and talking to your dentist may reassure you and help you feel more relaxed. Ask us about Sedation Dentistry.