A dental crown caps or covers a decayed or damaged tooth and is a viable option when a filling isn’t a sufficient repair. Crowns can be shaped and colour-matched to your natural teeth.
Here at Cool Dental, Dr. Lachman evaluates your condition and discusses possible tooth replacement options. A dental crown may be considered to:
Restore a weak tooth
Fix a cracked or worn tooth
Replace or supporting large fillings
Correct bite issues
Improve the shape of teeth
Types of Dental Crowns
If your dentist in Lethbridge recommends a crown, you may be wondering what type is most suitable for your case. Here are the types of crowns used in dentistry:
Gold crowns. Gold crowns are a mixture of copper and other metals. They’re strong, durable, and highly-resistant, making them ideal for back teeth or those used for chewing. They wear slowly and can last for a long time provided they’re taken care of well. The downside to gold crowns is their appearance. Some people may also be allergic to metals.
All-ceramic or porcelain crowns. Ceramic and porcelain crowns are non-metal dental crowns. Their main advantage is their natural-looking appearance. This makes them an ideal replacement option for the front teeth. They’re toxin-free since they don't contain metals. And they respond to temperature changes the same way natural teeth do. The disadvantage is they’re not as durable as gold crowns. But they can also last a long time with proper care. Ceramic or porcelain crowns can also be more costly than other types of crowns.
Porcelain Fused-to-Metal (PFM) crowns. PFM crowns are widely used as they offer the strength of metal crowns and the visual appeal of ceramic or porcelain crowns. They’re highly durable and are cheaper than all-ceramic or porcelain crowns. However, the metal part of the crown may stain the gumline. They may also not be suitable for people who clench or grind their teeth.
Getting a dental crown usually requires two visits. Here are the steps involved:
Your dentist will examine and prepare the tooth and take X-rays on your first visit.
If there's decay or high risk of infection, your dentist may recommend getting a root canal treatment first.
Your tooth will be filed to fit the crown. The amount of filing needed depends on the type of crown you'll receive.
Impressions will be taken for the dental laboratory.
You’ll be given a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth.
On your second visit, the temporary crown will be replaced by the permanent crown.
Your dentist will ensure a proper fit before cementing the permanent crown in place.
About Dental Bridges
Similar to an actual bridge on the road, a dental bridge closes the gap between two teeth. These two teeth, called the abutment, are filed down to prepare for the crowns and the new bridge. Next, tooth impressions are taken. While the final bridges are being prepared, a temporary bridge will be placed on the area. Once the bridge is ready, the temporary one will be removed and the fixed bridge will be cemented in place.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Versatile tooth replacement option that's suitable for a wide range of patients
Lasts long with proper care
Keeps your smile looking natural
Preserves the shape of your face
Avoids remaining teeth from shifting out of place
Restores your ability to eat and speak with confidence
Helps improve oral health
Encourages you to smile more often
How to Care for Your Dental Bridge
Brush and floss your teeth properly to minimize the risk of tooth decay.
Pay attention to the bridge area when cleaning your teeth.
Schedule regular dental cleanings and check-ups.
Maintain a nutritious diet.
It’s important to care for your oral health as the teeth supporting the dental bridge may get damaged and cause the latter to fall off.
Which is Right for Me: Crowns or Bridges?
Dental crowns and bridges both have pros and cons, and the right option varies by patient.
We encourage you to book an appointment with our Lethbridge dentist, Dr. Lachman, to better understand the condition of your oral health and determine the ideal tooth replacement option.