Beautify Your Smile with Dental Crowns

Beautify Your Smile with Dental Crowns

Apr 01, 2021

Cracked, chipped, and worn down are confidence buster. They damage your dental appearance and make it hard for you to smile. Furthermore, they affect your dental hygiene.

These tiny cracks can trap food particles and provide a perfect environment for bacteria to grow. Fixing these cracks and chips will improve your smile and also your oral health. Fortunately, we have dental crowns in Edmonton, AB, that can help repair these dental imperfections.

What are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is a tooth cap used to cover the tooth to improve the size, shape, color, and appearance. These caps are cemented in place and usually last for a decade or more with proper care.

When Are They Used?

A dentist near you can recommend dental crowns to correct several dental imperfections:

  • Protect teeth weakened by decay 
  • Hold and repair cracked teeth 
  • Restore broken or severely worn down teeth 
  • Cover and support teeth with a large filling 
  • Cover severely misshapen or discolored teeth 
  • Save a tooth that is damaged and cannot support a tooth filling
  • Protect primary teeth at risk of decay 

What Are the Types of Crowns Are Available?

Our tooth crown dentist will choose a suitable dental crown based on the location and number of teeth damaged. The options available include:

  • Stainless steel crowns. These teeth caps are mostly used on children at risk of decay. This is because they are prefabricated at the dental office and therefore do not require the long process of fixing the crowns. They are fixed in one dental visit and usually do not require anesthesia. In adults, these crowns are used as a temporary measure to protect the teeth as you wait for the permanent ones.
  • Porcelain crowns. The dental caps have a tooth-colored appearance and provide a natural look. They are stain-resistant and durable and can last for about a decade before they are replaced. They are a bit more expensive compared to the rest of the dental crowns.
  • Metal crowns. These come in gold and silver alloys. They are very durable and can survive the bite and chewing pressure. But, they have a bold color, which makes them ideal for the back teeth. The metal crowns are as expensive (or even more) as the porcelain crowns.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. These dental crowns combine the strength and durability of the metal and the aesthetics of porcelain. These crowns, however, can cause the gum to discolor at the point where the metal and the gums meet.
  • Composite or resin crowns. These can be crafted to resemble your teeth’ natural color. But, on the downside, they are not as durable and can chip and crack. Also, they are prone to staining.

What Are the Steps Involved in Fixing the Crowns?

Dental crowns need at least two dental visits to be fixed and the process is done in a few steps:

1. Dental examination 

Before the procedure begins, the dentist will do a comprehensive checkup to assess your teeth, gums, and jaw. He will also take you through the different dental crowns, their pros, and cons, and help you choose a suitable option.

2. Teeth preparation 

Your teeth need to be prepared for the crowns to be successfully fixed. After numbing your gums, the dentist will trim the enamel to make room for the crowns. The amount removed will depend on the thickness of the crown. A dental impression is taken for making the crowns (it takes about four weeks for the permanent crowns to be fixed). Temporary crowns can be used to protect them from sensitivity.

3. Fixing the permanent crowns 

On the second dental visit, the temporary crowns are replaced with permanent ones. The dentist will use a special block of cement to fix the crowns in place. Laser light may be used to harden the cement.

What Can You Expect?

As the anesthesia begins to wear out, you may experience slight tooth sensitivity. This will clear in a day or two, but the dentist may give you a tooth-sensitive toothpaste to ease the discomfort.

Schedule an Appointment 

Visit Great Smile Family Dental for more information about dental crowns. To schedule a consultation with our dentist near you, call us now. We also welcome patients residing in nearby communities Glenwood, West Jasper Place, Terra Losa, Morin Industrial, Britannia Youngstown, Canora, and Sherwood.

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