What’s So Great about Dental Crowns?
Crowns Make the Perfect Solution for Vulnerable Teeth

While traditional crowns may be a symbol of royalty and power, we actually sort of feel the same way about dental crowns, too! Dependable and strong, a dental crown can be used to restore a tooth back to optimal strength, function and appearance.

Dental Crowns

…But why might a person need a crown?

Well, a dental crown is commonly used in the following situations:

  1. A tooth requires a root canal.
    A dental crown is often used to “cap off” a tooth that has received root canal therapy. A root canalled tooth that is fragile or that has lost a considerable portion of tooth structure will benefit greatly from a crown, as the treatment will help to strengthen the tooth and protect it from future damage. Our Burlington dentist uses many different types of crowns made from different materials to cap off root canal treated teeth.
  2. A tooth requires a large restoration.
    A tooth that requires a large restoration or that has a large filling requiring replacement can benefit from a crown restoration, in cases where the filling alone will not be sufficient. The crown will restore the tooth while providing a natural-looking result.
  3. A tooth requires protection.
    Teeth that are weak or fractured can often be protected and restored with a dental crown. This helps to ensure that the vulnerable tooth will continue to function optimally without a high risk of breaking and ultimately requiring root canal therapy or extraction.
  4. A patient would like to cosmetically enhance their tooth.
    A crown can be used to conceal a discoloured, misshaped or unattractive tooth by providing a beautiful aesthetic result that is virtually indistinguishable from the appearance of a natural tooth.

Common materials used for dental crowns in Burlington

Dental crowns can be constructed using a variety of different materials. These materials include:

  1. Metal: There are several metal types that can be ideally used for dental crowns. This includes gold, palladium, nickel and chromium. The good thing about metal crowns is that they are very durable and rarely break or chip, typically outlasting other common crown materials. Metal crowns in Burlington also allow for a less invasive procedure, as they require only a small amount of tooth to be removed during placement. As they are the most visible and unnatural looking crown material, they are best suited for molars in the back of the mouth that aren’t very visible.
  2. Porcelain-fused-to-metal: This type of dental crown is much more natural-looking, and can be matched to the colour of the patient’s natural neighbouring teeth - making them a good choice for teeth located at the front (or back) of the mouth. However, there can be cases in which the metal below the crown’s porcelain cap becomes visible as a dark line.
  3. All-ceramic or all-porcelain: All-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns offer the most natural colour result compared to any other crown material, and are also a top choice for patients with metal allergies. However, in terms of strength and durability, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns do have a “tooth up” on their all-ceramic or all-porcelain counterparts.
  4. Pressed ceramic: Capped with natural-looking porcelain and containing a hard and strong inner core, pressed ceramic crowns replace the metal liner used in the process of creating all-ceramic crowns. Another advantage: they also typically last longer than all-porcelain crowns.
  5. All-resin: Dental crowns composed of resin are generally less expensive than the other crown types, and do provide a quite natural-looking result - however they are more prone to wear and breakage over time.

Is the procedure painful?

Not at all! Our dentist always ensures that his patients receive a painless and comfortable dental treatment. Typically, with a dental crown procedure, a patient will receive local anesthetic to prevent any pain. We also offer many other types of sedation or sleep dentistry to help our patients feel completely relaxed during their visit. To learn more about our dental crown service or about the different types of sedation we offer here at Asleep for Dentistry, call us today!