Dental Crowns Toronto

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What Are Dental Crowns Used For?

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Dental crowns, or tooth crowns, are tooth-shaped caps that sit on top of a natural tooth. They cover the tooth completely for structure, shape, and strength. These dental caps can help save a broken tooth, heavily decayed tooth, or otherwise damaged tooth. A dental crown prevents cracks or weaknesses from deteriorating further and creating more serious oral health issues. If you ignore tooth cracks, this can lead to infection in the tooth roots, requiring root canal therapy, or other concerns that need oral surgery.

Dental crowns are also used for teeth that will be exposed to heavier than normal forces, such as when dental bridges are attached to them.

Cosmetic dentistry will use a dental crown on a tooth to adjust its appearance. They are effective for cases when whitening treatments don't work, or to correct a misshapen tooth.

The visible prosthetic tooth that is attached to a dental implant is known as a dental crown, too.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

Versatile, Functional Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a versatile dental treatment, and can be used in a range of situations. They are used in restorative dentistry to protect already damaged teeth from more damage, or to prevent anticipated damage. Dental crowns may be used by a cosmetic dentist to correct the appearance of a tooth, too. Their effectiveness and versatility make them a common dental restoration.

Protector of a Prepared Tooth

Dental crowns are effective at protecting weakened and damaged teeth. A filling is sometimes not enough for a heavily decayed tooth to restore it, and cracks need to be treated. After root canal therapy or before attaching bridges, natural teeth need extra support to prevent damage, which a crown will do.

Tool for a Cosmetic Dentist

Dental crowns are very effective for addressing cosmetic concerns where other treatment methods may be unsuccessful. They can cover severe discolourations and misshapenness. Even as a restorative dental treatment, tooth-coloured materials make them attractive and natural looking.

Replacement Teeth

Dental crowns are attached to the artificial tooth root posts of dental implants, for a natural-looking tooth replacement. They are also used to support a dental bridge to replace missing teeth, either as a cover for natural teeth or as a dental implant prosthetic.

Ceramic and Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain and ceramic crowns are popular for front teeth, because of their highly natural and aesthetic qualities. A porcelain crown is translucent for an even more natural look, and very stain resistant. For added strength suitable for front and back teeth, porcelain fused to metal is another option.

Composite Resin Crowns

Composite crowns are also natural looking. They are strong, chip-resistant, and long lasting, so are suitable for front and back teeth.

Metal Crowns

In general, only gold metal crowns are still used. Metal crowns tend to be used mainly for molars, because they are the strongest and most durable to handle heavy chewing forces. However, because they are more noticeable, most patients prefer not to have these for front teeth.

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Don't delay if you have tooth pain or other concerns, and let your oral health deteriorate. Our team will help you feel relaxed and comfortable. We use a local anesthetic if a specific treatment may cause discomfort, and we offer sedation as necessary to make your experience more pleasant. If you are concerned about cost, dental insurance often covers necessary restorative dental crowns; we can help with coordinating insurance for you.

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Does the Procedure for Dental Crowns Hurt?

About the Dental Crown Procedure

You will need to visit us a couple of times.

A dental examination and cleaning is completed during the first appointment. Local anesthetic is used. Decayed or damaged portions of the teeth are treated and removed. A tiny amount of tooth enamel is removed to make room for the dental crown and to help it bond better. A mould is then taken for your custom dental crown. Your dentist will give you a temporary crown in the meantime.

Once your dentist has received your permanent crown from the dental lab, you will come back for a second visit to have it bonded on with dental cement. In the case of dental implants, the crown is placed after the surgical site has healed.

Caring for a Permanent or Temporary Crown

Proper Care for Your Crown

You will need to be careful with a temporary crown, brushing gently and avoiding excessive pressure, as it is not intended for heavy use. You can treat a permanent crown like a regular tooth, but avoid sticky or hard foods for 48 hours after the crown procedure to let the cement set. Dental crowns don't need special care, other than regular good oral hygiene. Although covered, you can still get tooth decay and gum disease around it. Brush and floss carefully and regularly, especially along the gum line. Excessive teeth grinding or using your teeth as a tool can damage a crown. With proper care though, they can last up to twenty years.

When To See Your Dentist Again

Post-Procedure Concerns

There may be some sensitivity after the procedure that fades, or you may be recommended a sensitivity toothpaste. Pain when you bite means the crown needs to be adjusted.

Ceramic, composite, and porcelain crowns may chip. While small chips may be possible to repair, with greater damage, you will need a new crown.

If the cement wears away, your crown becomes loose, which allows bacteria to access the tooth. Contact your dentist right away if you have a loose crown or if it completely comes off.

Comprehensive Dental Solutions at Toronto Smile Centre

At Toronto Smile Centre, we are dedicated to providing a wide range of restorative dental solutions to address various dental concerns. While dental crowns are a valuable treatment option for preserving and strengthening damaged teeth, we also specialize in other essential procedures. For cases involving deep infections or decay, our Root Canal Therapy in Toronto is designed to save the affected tooth by eliminating the infection and restoring dental health. If you have missing teeth, our Dental Implants in Toronto provide a permanent and natural-looking solution for tooth replacement. And for all your dental needs, our experienced Dentist in Toronto is here to ensure that you receive the highest quality of care.

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