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Repair Damaged Smile with Dental Crowns in Calgary

 

At Northland Village Dental Centre in Calgary, we can help you restore your damaged or worn-down teeth with dental crowns.

A dental crown is also known as a cap and is hollow. It is an artificial tooth that is used to cover a damaged or decayed tooth and restores as well as protects it from any further damage. With the help of modern dentistry dental crowns, they can also cover a discoloured or misconstructed tooth.

These cap-like devices are cemented onto your natural or artificial teeth to enhance their shape, appearance, and functionality. You might need quality dental crowns if you had root canal surgery, a large filling, or a chipped tooth.

Are you facing issues that can be solved with dental crowns? Schedule an appointment at our dental clinic in Calgary today.

What are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is an artificial tooth cap used to restore the size and structure of a damaged tooth. The crown is glued to the damaged tooth, concealing the visible outside section and giving it a more natural appearance. Dental crowns are effective for teeth affected by an injury or extensive regions of decay and teeth with old metal fillings that have degraded the tooth structure. While dental crowns aren't suitable for everyone, they are a standard treatment for protecting your tooth from future damage and enhancing your natural smile.

The Procedure For Getting Dental Crowns in Calgary

In most cases, a dental crown process necessitates two visits to the dentist. The dentist does any preparations for the tooth crown on the first visit. Our dentists can carefully guide you through the dental crown process. Before you go through it, you can get an idea of what to expect when you are getting your dental crowns at Northland Village Dental Centre in Calgary:

 

  • At the initial appointment, the dentist will conduct an assessment to determine the best course of action. We understand how much the tooth must be taken to build a durable crown that protects the remaining tooth. To allow the dental crown to drift down over the existing tooth, the tooth will have to be ground down by roughly two millimetres on both sides and tapered marginally but symmetrically across all sides.

  • We then take an impression of your teeth to create a model of your mouth, which is used to manufacture your custom crown. Sometimes when all edges of the tooth are ground down, and any decay is removed, the size of the tooth is not tall enough to use as a crown. In that case, dentists will use filler material to strengthen the injured tooth so that the crown may fit securely over it. 

  • Until your final dental crown is ready, a temporary crown will be placed over the tooth that needs to be restored to protect your tooth. Dentist will use temporary cement to secure the tooth, which can be removed easily when the patient visits for permanent treatment. Until the patient receives the permanent crown, the temporary crown will protect the tooth from everyday wear and tear.

  • On your next appointment, your temporary dental crown will be replaced with a permanent dental crown. This second operation may involve using a local anesthetic to allow the dentist to remove the temporary crown and any residual cement from the residual tooth. The patient will have to clench their teeth after the crown is placed on strengthening the bond. They will be given a few tests to check the bite pattern is similar to the last one. During the same visit, we will ensure that the fit, shape, colour, and bite are right.

Dental Crowns Aftercare

 

Patients can consume whatever meals they want once the permanent dental crown has been set and the anesthetic effect is gone. However, in the first 24 hours after the surgery to bond the crown to the underlying tooth, it's recommended to avoid sticky foods. Excellent dental hygiene should be practised regularly. You must be mindful that crowns, particularly around the gum line of the abutment tooth, are still prone to deterioration.

If properly maintained, dental crowns can last for a long term. Brushing and flossing two times a day helps in removing plaque and keeping teeth and gums healthy. Hard foods, such as sweets or ice, should not be chewed since they can chip or damage a crown, but as their comfort in the permanent dental crown grows, they can progressively consume these foods. Make sure you see your Calgary dentist regularly so that crowns can be checked and cared for as needed.

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When Are Dental Crowns Needed?

Dental crowns are used to treat a range of issues. They safeguard fragile teeth, restore the original shape of fractured teeth, aid in preventing future cracking, and give support for teeth having large fillings. When a tooth is broken, a crown is utilized to hold a dental implant in place. This allows a natural-looking tooth to replace the space left by a missing tooth. Different dental crowns are frequently used to fix and retain a bridge in place when a patient requires one. Crowns can also be used to cap a tooth with a root canal treatment. In order to enhance the natural appearance of your smile, a crown can also be applied over dark or discoloured teeth.

You may need a dental crown if you are faced with any of the following circumstances:

  • To protect your weak tooth from decaying or breaking. 

  • To restore your severely worn-down tooth. 

  • To support or cover a large tooth filling. 

  • To hold your dental bridge firmly in place. 

  • To cover severely discoloured teeth.

  • To cover a dental implant

  • To make a cosmetic modification

Types of Dental Crowns

 

Dental crowns are made from different types of materials. Our Calgary dentists can consult you with the most suitable dental crown based on your oral health. Dental crowns come in the following materials:

Porcelain Dental Crowns

These dental crowns look the most natural. However, they are more brittle than metal or composite dental crowns and may chip easily, which is why they are not placed on your back teeth.

Metal Dental Crowns

They are made of gold and can last for an extended period since they do not chip or break easily. However, the gold colour does not look natural, especially on the front teeth.

Composite Dental Crowns

They look natural and won’t chip easily, yet they wear down more quickly than other types of crowns from chewing. Tooth brushing tends to remove the highly polished surface of your composite crowns, staining them more easily.
Generally, dental crowns last for years when properly cared for through regular brushing and cleaning. Consult our Calgary dentists today to determine which dental crowns are right for you. 

Dental Crowns in Calgary | FAQs

Some of the common dental crown questions our Calgary patients are most concerned about are:

 

What Is The Purpose Of A Dental Crown?

A crown's principal function is to cover or preserve a damaged tooth. Your dentist may recommend a dental crown to complete your treatment if you have had a root canal or a severe cavity. A crown may also be required as part of a dental bridge or in conjunction with dental implants.

 

What Materials Do Crowns Contain?

Depending on the type, dental crowns can be made out of metals, ceramic, metal alloy, resin, or porcelain.

 

Is It Possible To Get A Crown In Just One Visit?

It is possible to get a crown in one appointment. However, often, at least two dental visits are required to ensure the high quality and longevity of crowns.

 

If you have any other questions about dental crowns, feel free to contact our Calgary team today.

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