A dental crown also called a “cap”, is a tooth-shaped hollow structure placed over a tooth to restore its shape size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crowns are cemented into place, encase the entire visible portion of a tooth, above the gum line.
Crowns are also part of a smile makeover. Artificial crowns are pre-fabricated and available in the market as stock crowns or may also be customized to individual needs. Crowns are available in different shades to match adjacent natural teeth and enhance the smile.
A bridge is a group of crowns used to cover one or more teeth or used to replace missing teeth with the support from adjacent teeth.
A Dental Crown may be needed in the following situations:
- To cover or replace a badly damaged tooth
- To cover a root canal treated tooth
- To restore multiple teeth decays in case of high susceptibility to tooth decay
- To replace missing teeth
- To cover dental implants
- To enhance the smile with smile designing
- To treat tooth-wear
- To address developmental defects of teeth
- In space maintenance appliances in kids
Prior to placement of crowns, the visible portion of the tooth is reduced slightly on the outer sides to create a room for the crown. An impression of the tooth is taken and sent to the dental laboratory to customize it to the patient’s dental needs. A final crown is prepared with the dental restorative material according to the mould. A temporary crown is placed until the final crown is prepared at the laboratory. On your next visit, your dentist will replace the temporary crown with a final crown.
Your dentist may set up an appointment to assess the condition of the crown and tooth. Crowns are also placed on implants with the help of a small connector called abutment. Implants can also be supported by a group of crowns and are referred to as implant supported bridges.
Types of Crowns
Depending on the strength, quality and colour, crowns are made from different materials such as metals, porcelain or by fusing the two materials.
- Metal Crowns: Metals like nickel-chromium and gold are used for making a crown. They are highly durable and may wear down the opposing natural teeth. They are usually contra-indicated for front teeth as the colour is not appealing.
- Composite Resin Crowns: These are inexpensive plastic crowns and are meant for temporary use. They wear down quickly and catch stains easily.
- Porcelain crowns: Porcelain crowns are translucent as natural teeth. They are best suited for the front teeth and are popular for their natural aesthetics.
- Porcelain fused to metal crowns: These crowns are stronger than composite and porcelain crowns, as they have a metal lining inside the porcelain crown. They are better suited for the back teeth and are preferred for their strength and durability.
- Cerec Crowns: Use of CAD-CAM technology in dentistry has laid a foundation for CEREC crowns and bridges which can be fabricated within an hour. This enables patient to leave the dental office with instant, confident and happy smiles.
Benefits of Crowns:
- Restores function and aesthetics: The shape of the crown resembles natural teeth and thus restores chewing and the natural smile.
- Maintains tooth integrity: The tooth structure is maintained preventing further damage to the teeth.
- Closes gaps between teeth: Crowns are also used to close gaps between teeth to enhance the smile and prevent gum disease due to food lodgement.
- Masks stains: Dark intrinsic stains that are resistant to teeth whitening, such as fluoride stains, can be masked with crowns.
- Smile designing: Minor misalignments of the teeth can be corrected with crowns, as an alternative to orthodontic braces, for quick cosmetic changes.
- Quick procedure: Crowns can enhance smiles in just two sittings.
Why Choose Langley Dental Centre for Crowns?
At Langley Dental Centre, we maintain quality standards during the treatment. Our expert dentist carefully analyses the need for crowns to enhance its function and aesthetics of an individual.
Our patients are provided temporary crowns till placement of the permanent crowns. This makes our patients feel confident and comfortable throughout the treatment.
If you are looking to enhance your smile and tooth function (better chewing ability), talk to our expert dentists at Langley Dental Centre for professional treatment. We care about your dental health and help you meet your dental goals, with realistic solutions.
Langley Dental Centre has a calm and hygienic ambience with friendly staff which puts patients care at the heart of its service. Our dentists heed your apprehensions about dental care and discuss with you the dental problems identified, the various treatment options available, the costs and the time involved.
We are currently accepting new patients and appointments for crowns and are available on weekdays, weekends and evenings too.
We accept all insurances and all major credit and debit cards. We can submit a pre-treatment plan to your dental plan administrator to obtain a pre-determination of benefits.
If you are looking for a positive dental experience in Langley BC, then Langley Dental Centre is the place to visit.