Dental Crowns Edmonton
Dental Crowns Edmonton: Aesthetic and Protective "Caps" for Teeth
A dental crown, also known as a "cap," resembles the white enamel part of a tooth and is designed to completely cover an existing natural tooth.
Custom-Made Crowns in Edmonton
Dr. Khaled Alhomsi recommends the use of a crown when a tooth is not strong enough to endure the daily forces of biting and chewing on its own. This is often the case when a tooth is broken, chipped, cracked, or fractured, has extensive decay or fillings, or has undergone a root canal treatment. Crowns can be placed either to repair a broken tooth or as a preventive measure for teeth at high risk of breaking. However,Dr. Khaled Alhomsi suggests placing crowns before a tooth breaks, as there are instances where a tooth becomes irreparable and extraction becomes necessary.
Crowns are custom-made in a specialized dental laboratory to closely resemble your original tooth, resulting in a nearly indistinguishable appearance after treatment. With proper care, a crown can last for many years, especially when coupled with the use of a custom dental nightguard to protect it.
Dental Crowns: Ideal Solutions for Broken, Chipped, or Decayed Teeth
How much tooth is needed for a crown?
To place a crown, a significant portion of the original tooth structure needs to be removed to create space for the crown to fit properly. Generally, the tooth needs to be reduced by approximately 1.5 to 2 millimeters in all directions for the crown to be successfully placed.
What is the procedure for a permanent crown?
The procedure for a permanent crown typically involves multiple steps. First, the dentist prepares the tooth by reshaping it to accommodate the crown. An impression is then taken to create a mold, which is sent to a dental laboratory for the fabrication of the custom crown. While waiting for the permanent crown, a temporary crown is placed. Once the permanent crown is ready, it is bonded to the tooth using dental cement during a subsequent appointment.
What are the types of dental crowns and their costs?
There are various types of dental crowns available, including porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns, all-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns, zirconia crowns, and metal crowns. The cost of dental crowns can vary depending on factors such as the material used, the location of the dental practice, and the complexity of the case.
How strong are crowns on front teeth?
Crowns on front teeth are typically strong enough to withstand normal biting and chewing forces. However, it's important to avoid biting into extremely hard objects or using teeth as tools, as this can potentially damage the crown. Maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups are essential for the long-term success of crowns on front teeth.
Are there any dangers associated with dental crowns?
While dental crowns are generally safe, there can be some potential risks and complications. These may include tooth sensitivity, gum irritation, allergic reactions to certain materials, and the risk of the crown becoming loose or falling out. However, with proper dental care and regular check-ups, these risks can be minimized.
How long does it take to put on a permanent crown?
The process of getting a permanent crown typically requires two dental visits. During the first visit, the tooth is prepared, impressions are taken, and a temporary crown is placed. The impressions are then sent to a dental laboratory for the fabrication of the permanent crown. This usually takes around 1-2 weeks. On the second visit, the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is cemented into place. The entire process usually takes a few weeks to complete.