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A dental crown must be positioned to repair a broken tooth’s function and appearance. Your regular dentist might recommend the operation if you’ve had a root canal, a damaged tooth, or a huge filling. The new crown covers the tooth’s visible portion above the gum line. What to anticipate and the process for installing dental crowns near you are discussed in this article.

Who Performs This Treatment?

Our dentist will perform this treatment if it’s required, or if you need more advanced care, they may send you to a prosthodontist, our dentist who has successfully completed a university post-graduate specialized program in prosthodontics. This branch of dentistry, prosthodontics, focuses on repairing and replacing natural teeth and tissues with artificial ones.

How is the Treatment Done?

  1. You receive a local anesthetic.
  2. Our dentist files down the tooth that needs to be fixed to make way for the crown.
  3. The filed-down tooth and adjacent teeth are captured in an impression. Your final crown is made to order using this impression. Based on the impression, the crown is constructed using restorative material (material used for fillings). The final crown’s shape will be ideal for your mouth.
  4. Our dentist covers the tooth with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is prepared. An impression of your tooth taken before it was filed down is used to create the temporary crown. Up until the time of the final crown, it safeguards your tooth.
  5. A temporary crown might not be the same size, colour, or shape as a permanent crown.
  6. Our dentist will remove the temporary device and place the permanent one during a subsequent appointment. Our dentist ensures the crown fits well and has the proper shape, colour, and bite. If so, our dentist ties the crown in place with cement.

These are the general steps involved in creating dental crowns in Edmonton. Depending on your case, your tooth might require additional attention, such as orthodontics or root canal therapy, after the treatment concludes. Our dentist in West Edmonton may also advise that you come for more than two visits.

The Types of Crowns

Different kinds of materials are used to make crowns. Our dentist will recommend the material or materials that are best for you based on which tooth requires a crown.

  • Gold – They often don’t chip or shatter and last very long. Your opposing natural teeth don’t typically get worn down by them. The gold hue, especially on the front teeth, does not appear natural.
  • Composite resin – They appear realistic. They won’t crack as easily as porcelain crowns, but chewing causes them to wear out more quickly. Composite crowns tend to lose their highly polished surface when brushed, making stains stick to them more readily.
  • Porcelain – Crowns made of porcelain seem the most authentic. They can chip more easily than metal or composite because they are more brittle. They are not typically used on rear teeth as a result.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal – These unique crowns are more durable. As opposed to porcelain or ceramic crowns, they won’t chip as quickly. However, depending on how they are made, the metal can be visible if your gums thin out or contract.

Do You Need Dental Crowns in West Edmonton?

If you take appropriate care of them, crowns are sturdy and often endure for around 10 years or longer. Like you would your natural teeth, clean your crown with a toothbrush and floss. Make a little ball after flossing and dispose of it in the trash. Never put dental floss in the toilet. Your natural teeth are likely to be more durable than crowns. So, just like with your natural teeth, refrain from biting down on anything hard or using your teeth to cut or open anything.

Contact Us Today

Our dentist here at Westside Family Dental can advise you on how to care for your new crown and ensure that it lasts for many years. To get started, please give us a call, send us an email via our website, or pop into our dental office. We anticipate your visit!