Dental Crowns Edmonton

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns, also known as tooth caps, are a common dental treatment provided by dental crown clinics. They are custom-made prosthetic devices that are placed over a damaged or decayed tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. Dental crowns are designed to fully encase the visible portion of the tooth above the gum line. 

The primary purpose of dental crowns is to protect and strengthen weakened teeth. When a tooth has been extensively damaged due to decay, trauma, or root canal treatment, dentists may recommend a dental crown procedure. 

This service involves preparing the affected tooth by removing any existing decay or weakened structure and reshaping it so that it can securely hold the dental crown. Dental crowns can be made from various materials, including,

  • porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns (PFM), 
  • all-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns, 
  • metal alloys like gold or silver, and even zirconia.

The choice of material depends on factors such as aesthetic considerations, strength requirements, and budgetary constraints. 

One of the advantages of dental crowns is their ability to restore both functionality and aesthetics. They can improve the appearance of misshapen or discolored teeth while providing durability for everyday tasks like biting and chewing. If you live in Edmonton, our clinic offers a range of options for dental crowns in Edmonton to cater to individual needs.

In addition to their protective function in restoring damaged teeth, dental crowns can also serve as anchors for dental bridges. A bridge is a fixed prosthetic device used to replace one or more missing teeth by joining an artificial tooth (pontic) with adjacent natural teeth (abutments) on either side. By supporting the bridge with dental crowns on these abutment teeth, patients can regain their ability to speak clearly and chew properly. Patients seeking low-cost dental crowns should consult with reputable clinics offering affordable options without compromising quality. 

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Dental Crown Procedure

Tooth preparation: At first visit, Local anesthesia is used to maintain patient comfort. The dentist will prepare the tooth/teeth.

Impression: A digital scan and an impression taken of the tooth surroundings.

Temporary crowns: A temporary crown or bridge will be placed over a prepared tooth for protection until a permanent crown is crafted.  

Crown fabrication: The digital scan that was taken to measure your teeth size is sent to the laboratory to prepare your customized permanent crown or permanent bridge. This may take a week.

Placement of a crown: Once your permanent crown is ready, you’ll visit the clinic where the dentist will remove the temporary crown and place the permanent one to ensure it fits accurately and matches the colour of your surrounding teeth.

Cementing: On your second visit, the permanent new crown or bridge is cemented or bonded in place using dental cement.

Final Adjustments: The dentist will make any required final adjustments to ensure a comfortable bite and a normal appearance.

Polishing: The excess cement will be removed and the tooth will be polished. 

Post-care: You may feel some discomfort after the procedure but it will fade. The dentist will give you instructions to follow. Patients are advised to maintain their 6 month regular dental hygiene routine, though this may vary based on individual periodontal health and guidance from our dentist and dental hygienist.

Signs you need a dental crowns service

Dental crowns, also known as dental caps, are used in various situations to restore the structure, function, and appearance of a damaged or weakened tooth. Here are some common scenarios when dental crowns may be recommended:

To Protect a Weak Tooth: If a tooth is weakened due to decay, a large filling, or a root canal treatment, a dental crown can be placed over the natural tooth to provide strength and protection. The crown helps prevent further damage and fracture.

After Root Canal Therapy: Following a root canal procedure, where the pulp of the tooth is removed, the remaining tooth structure can become brittle. A dental crown is often placed to protect and strengthen the tooth after a root canal.

For Severe Tooth Decay: When a tooth has extensive decay that cannot be adequately restored with a dental filling, a crown may be recommended to cover and protect the remaining tooth structure.

To Restore a Fractured or Broken Tooth: Dental crowns are commonly used to repair teeth that are cracked, broken, or fractured. The crown encases the broken tooth, holding it together and preventing further fractures.

To Improve Tooth Appearance: Dental crowns can be used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a tooth. They are often chosen to cover discolored or misshapen teeth, enhancing the overall aesthetics of the smile.

To Cover a Large Filling: When a tooth has a large filling, and there is a risk of the remaining tooth structure fracturing, a dental crown may be recommended to provide additional support and protection.

For Dental Bridges: Dental crowns are used as anchor points for dental bridges. The crowns are placed on the natural teeth adjacent to the gap created by missing teeth, and the bridge spans the empty space, supported by the crowns.

To Cover Dental Implants: Dental crowns are the visible part of a dental implant restoration. After a dental implant is surgically placed in the jawbone and has integrated with the bone, a crown is attached to the implant to replace the missing tooth.

To Correct Cosmetic Issues: Dental crowns can be used to address cosmetic imperfections, such as poorly shaped or sized teeth, providing a natural and harmonious appearance to the smile.

If you are experiencing any dental issues or are concerned about the condition of your teeth or oral health, it’s important to consult with a dentist. They can assess your oral health and recommend appropriate treatments, which may include dental crowns when necessary.


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