Dental crowns are generally used to restore decayed teeth, cracked teeth, misshapen teeth, or other problem teeth.
With proper care, they last many years. There are several benefits of dental crowns, which is why they are a common dental restoration.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is like a dental cap that sits on top of a damaged or broken tooth to cover and protect it.
If you have had significant tooth decay that has weakened a tooth’s structure significantly, your dentist may recommend a dental crown. They are used for broken, chipped, or cracked teeth, and even in cosmetic dentistry to instantly improve your teeth’s colour, shape, and size.
The false tooth that is attached to a dental implant is also known as a dental crown.
The procedure is minimally invasive and requires local anesthetic to allow our dentists to prepare around your tooth in order to make enough space for the crown to sit overtop of the tooth. When an intraoral scanner is used instead of taking impressions, followed by milling at an in-office lab, this makes same day crowns possible, so a temporary crown and a second appointment aren’t necessary. You are able to walk out of the dental office with your crown on the same day. Some exceptions may apply in highly cosmetic cases.
Dental crowns come in a variety of materials such as gold, zirconia, porcelain, and emax.
Your dentist will assess your case and determine with you what is the best option for you. Things to consider include your bite, aesthetic concerns, amount of tooth structure remaining, and other concerns. They will go over the pros and cons of each of your options with you to best include you in the procedure
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Protects and Strengthens the Entire Tooth
A crowned tooth will protect and add structure to a damaged tooth, whether it has been weakened by trauma, tooth decay or a previously root canal treated tooth. Dental crowns prevent further damage, such as a crack from spreading, and causing a piece to break off, or damage to the tooth nerve.
Dental crowns reduce the likelihood of a tooth breaking if it already has a large filling which can lead to nerve damage. Additionally it can protect a previously root canal treated tooth from breaking which could lead the tooth to be unrestorable if the break is too far deep under the gums. They also allow you to eat more easily and without pain, by protecting the tooth against these types of forces.
Minimize Tooth Sensitivity and Pain
Another key benefit of dental crowns is that they will reduce tooth sensitivity or discomfort that you may have been experiencing before, especially if you are eating or drinking hot or cold things.
Cosmetic Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are excellent for covering cosmetic concerns when other methods aren’t working.
They cover severely discoloured teeth where whitening and other treatments aren’t helpful, such as grey intrinsic stains, for an instant correction. They are carefully colour matched to your other teeth for a natural look.
Dental crowns also camouflage the appearance of crooked, gapped, or misshapen teeth, in more dramatic cases better than veneers can.
Securing a Dental Bridge
Dental crowns are often used to add support to the teeth surrounding a gap from a missing tooth, so that they are better able to manage the added forces of a dental bridge.
Dental bridges consist of crowns (that fit over your natural teeth on either side of the space) and artificial teeth (that bridge the gap and connect to the natural teeth).
Replacing a Tooth With a Dental Implant
A dental crown can be used with a dental implant to replace missing teeth. These help hold the spacing of teeth and prevent shifting and other dental problems, including more tooth and bone loss.
The dental crowns affixed to dental implants can be used to support dental bridges, as well.
Simple Procedure With Long-Lasting Results
Crowning a tooth is a straightforward procedure, with a minimal recovery period, but is effective at restoring strength to a tooth. With proper care and good oral hygiene, they can last for many years. They also don’t need any special treatment; you can care for them the same way as your other teeth.
Restore Your Teeth
Your dentist at Onyx Dental can restore your tooth with a natural-looking dental crown, whether it is weakened by tooth decay, or seriously discoloured or misshapen. If you have metal crowns that you would like to be replaced by tooth-coloured crowns, we can help you with that, too.