A crown is a hollow, artificial tooth that is placed over a real tooth so that the real tooth can restore itself to original size, shape and function. Alternatively called a “cap”, a crown protects the visible part of the tooth, at and around the gum line.
There are plenty of problems, reasons and situations that require crowns. Among those are:
Porcelain Crowns: Nothing beats the all-natural look of porcelain crowns. We strongly recommend them as they look very close to natural teeth. Patients typically select porcelain for cosmetic purposes – but porcelain also is similar to natural teeth in terms of function. They are thicker and stronger. Nevertheless, porcelain crowns are usually used to cover a part of the front teeth that has some sort of aesthetic flaw.
Ceramic Crowns: These are much thinner than porcelain crowns and make for a more lightweight crown. However, that comes with a tradeoff – they may be more prone to break. Ceramic crowns usually need to be constructed off-site which may increase the cost.
The advantages of having a crown depends on what we are comparing the choice of a crown to… be it tooth bonding or a filling. It also depends on the purpose of the crown. Is it for protection or looks?.
Overall, the advantages of having a crown are:
Looks (aesthetics). You can improve the color and the shape of the tooth or teeth with crowns. Porcelain looks more natural and is much more resistant to stains than white filling material (composite).
Protection. They provide the best possible protection to a heavily broken down tooth.
Long lasting. Studies have shown that crowns last longer than any other type of dental restoration including all types of filling and implants.
Getting crowns put in traditionally requires 2 visits to the dentist. The first step is the examination and preparation of the tooth. The 2nd visit typically involves the actual placement of the crown. However, Peace Arch Dental Centre has taken the lead, adopting recent advances in technology to allow crowns to be done in just 1 day.
Your visit starts with the examination of the tooth and the preparation of what will be your dental crown. Using the high-tech CEREC machine, Dr. Michael Layton and his team will create accurate molds of the tooth to be covered. They’ll wave the CEREC machine around your tooth which will generate a 3D model of your tooth.
The dental assistant, with your approval, will design the tooth. Once you are satisfied with how the design looks, it’ll be sent to the on-site milling station where the crown will be constructed. Dr. Layton and his team will make sure it fits perfectly and aesthetically. They will polish and clean the tooth before it’s cemented into your mouth. And voila – crowns in a day!
Dr. Layton and his team will provide you with care instructions and how to best go about taking care of your new dental crown. They will advise you on precautions to make sure both the temporary crown and the permanent crown are best protected – so that the tooth they are both protecting remains in form.
Crowns typically last for about 10-15 years. Of course, that number is subject to wear and tear and how you take care of them. Dr. Layton and his team know this and will best put you on a path to elongate the life of your crown. While crowns look and have the feel of natural teeth, remember that they may not be as strong as your natural teeth were. So be careful when it comes to biting extremely hard on anything.
Got a broken tooth or simply just want to get a weak tooth covered? Here’s your chance to book a special consultation with Dr. Michael Layton and his team. Every tooth counts! So take action now and protect your smile –schedule a consultation by clicking the button below.
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