What You Should Know about Dental Crowns, Edmonton

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Crowns are a type of restoration used to strengthen a tooth or improve its shape. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or partially destroyed by tooth decay. Crowns are "cemented" onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth's new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong. If you think you need dental crowns in Edmonton, perhaps it’s time to give Azarko Dental Group a call to schedule an appointment. Our family dentists are capable of providing dental crowns for patients of all ages.

Crowns Are Sculpted Just for You

Crowns, or onlays (partial crowns), are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling. Unlike fillings, which apply the restorative material directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated away from your mouth. Your crown is created in a lab from your unique tooth impression, which allows a dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then sculpted just for you, so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Crowns

Do you have questions about dental crowns in Edmonton? We encourage you to take a look at some of our most frequently asked questions prior to your visit to Azarko Dental Group:

What is a dental crown and what is it made of?

Dental crowns are designed to mimic the appearance of natural teeth and are used to fit over your teeth when they’ve been broken, worn, or partially destroyed by tooth decay. Dental crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both.

Are dental crowns very noticeable to others?

We custom match the colour of your dental crown to your natural teeth as closely as possible (especially if you’ve chosen porcelain dental crowns). This ensures others won’t be able to tell you have dental crowns.

Who needs dental crowns?

There are many applicable situations in which someone might need a dental crown. These can include when a tooth has undergone a root canal and risks fracturing or when a tooth is noticeably misshapen or discoloured when compared to the rest of your teeth. A crown can offer protection to lengthen the life of a tooth and can help a tooth better blend in with your other teeth. Crowns are also used to hold dental bridges in place and to cover dental implants.

What happens during a dental crown procedure?

Two visits are usually required to create a dental crown. During the first visit, your tooth will be reshaped to fit the crown and we’ll take an impression of your tooth in order to construct the crown. You’ll likely be fitted with a temporary crown. During the second visit, we’ll actually apply and fit your new dental crown, adjusting your bite if necessary. If your tooth has lost most of its structure, a “post” may be used to help frame and support the dental crown.

How long do dental crowns typically last?

As long as you maintain proper oral hygiene habits and expose it to as little wear-and-tear (grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing ice, biting your fingernails, etc.) as possible, you can expect a dental crown to last a long time – as long as 15 years or more.

Are there alternatives to dental crowns?

Yes and no. You may be able to get a filling instead of a dental crown depending upon the circumstances. However, fillings can occasionally fracture, which means you may need additional treatment(s) in the future if you choose to go that route. Our family dentists in Edmonton would be more than happy to provide a consultation and advise you which method of treatment would be the most applicable to your specific dental situation.

Does getting a dental crown hurt?

Getting a dental crown is similar to getting a filling and most patients do not experience pain. We typically use a local anaesthetic to numb the area of your mouth being worked on.

Do dental crowns feel any different?

In most cases, your crown will immediately feel the same as your natural tooth. On occasion, there may be a transitional period in which you may notice it feeling very slightly different. However, you should notice that this feeling will subside after a few days. Give it some time, but if it continues to feel noticeably different to you, be sure to contact our office to see if you need a crown adjustment.

Do dental crowns require any special care?

Tooth decay and gum disease can still form along the edges of your crown and tooth. It’s important for you to continue maintaining proper oral hygiene habits, i.e. brushing and flossing. You should treat it the same as you would your natural teeth. If you’re in the transitional phase with a temporary crown, you should take extra care to avoid sticky, chewy foods and hard foods that could dislodge or fracture your temporary crown.

Still have lingering questions about dental crowns in Edmonton? Be sure to contact Azarko Dental Group and speak with someone from our knowledgeable staff!

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