Dental Crowns in St. Catharines Ontario
Dental crowns are dental restorations that cover teeth that are severely decayed or damaged. In cases where a tooth is heavily cracked or damaged, a bonded filling may not be able to adequately restore it. As a result, a crown may be needed which covers the entire surface area of the tooth. A dental crown is used for a variety of reasons including:
- Restoring a broken tooth
- Restoring a heavily decayed or damaged tooth
- Repairing a cracked tooth
- Keeping a bridge in place
- Covering an implant
- Enhancing a tooth’s appearance
Dental crowns can be made from a number of materials including metal, porcelain, ceramic, or porcelain and metal composites. Metal crowns are stronger than porcelain crowns and are better for the back teeth which sustain heavy chewing. Porcelain crowns are more attractive since they can be customized to your teeth’s natural color. As a result, each type of crown has advantages and disadvantages. Carlton Dental will help you to choose the best crown for your case. The lifespan of a crown is at least 7 years but with good oral hygiene and care it can last for much longer.
Depending on how much decay there is and if the dental pulp has an infection, a root canal therapy may be required prior to placing a crown. Prior to placing the crown, your tooth will be prepared to make room for it. This could involve shaving some of the tooth's surface or creating a foundation if there is little of the tooth's structure left.
In the majority of cases, it will take two appointments to attach the dental crown. Once your tooth is prepared, your tooth will be fitted with a temporary crown while a dental lab creates your permanent one. A CEREC machine allows us to create the crown in a single appointment. Once your permanent crown is ready, you will return for a second visit to have the temporary one removed and the permanent crown cemented to the tooth.
Contact Carlton Dental, Family Dentist in St Catharines, to set up an appointment. We offer digital X-rays, intraoral camera scanning and direct billing.