As part of our restorative dentistry services, Crestwood Dental Clinic provides dental crowns. These tooth-shaped caps are placed over a tooth in order to restore its shape, size, strength, or appearance. The crown is cemented into place, encasing the entire visible portion of your tooth that is at and above the gum line.
Uses of a Dental Crown
You may need a dental crown for one of the following situations:
A crown may be used on primary or baby teeth of your child in order to save a tooth damaged by decay and cannot support a filling, protect your child’s teeth from tooth decay, or decrease the need of sedation and general anaesthesia when your child, for whatever reason, cannot fully cooperate with the requirements of proper dental care.
Types of Crowns
Crowns come in various materials including:
Steel crowns are usually used on permanent teeth as a temporary measure, protecting the tooth or filling until a more permanent crown is created from another material. Stainless steel crowns are commonly used to fit over primary (baby) teeth in children. The crown protects the tooth from further decay.
Crowns can be made out of various metals like a gold, palladium, nickel, or chromium. Compared to other materials, metal crowns require less of the tooth structure to be removed and wear out opposing teeth less. These crowns also last longest in terms of wear down.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns work for back or front teeth. Unlike metallic crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can be made to match the colour of your adjacent teeth. However, these crowns can wear out opposing teeth faster than metal or resin crowns. The porcelain can also chip or break off if not careful.
These types of crowns are less expensive than others, but wear down over time. They are more easily fractured than porcelain crowns fused with metal.
If you are looking for a more naturally coloured crown, all-porcelain or all-ceramic make a good choice. These types of crowns are also good for patients who might have a metal allergy. On the down side, all-porcelain or all-ceramic crowns are not as strong as metal or porcelain-fused-in-metal ones.
A temporary crown can be made in the dentist’s office while the permanent crown is constructed at a dental lab. The temporary crown is usually made while you wait for a permanent one to be finished. These crowns can be made from acrylic or stainless steel.
To discuss your dental crown options, contact Crestwood Dental Clinic in Medicine Hat.