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A dental crown can restore function and strength

tooth_w_crownWhile our teeth are naturally very strong, they have been known to chip or break. The strength of our teeth can also be impacted by:

Pretty well any Chestermere dentist will tell you one of the best ways to protect the state of your oral health is to keep as many natural teeth as possible. If one or more of your teeth has been damaged, a dental crown may help to restore it.

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What exactly is a dental crown?

A dental crown is essentially a cap that’s placed over a tooth. Crowns can be made of gold, composite materials, porcelain or ceramic, or porcelain fused to metal. Each material has its pros and cons.

Here’s a quick run-through of each:

  • Gold crowns are very durable and are resistant to chipping, breaks and wear. For some people the unnatural colour makes a gold crown less desirable. The cost of a gold crown can also be a deterrent for some. Gold crowns may not be a good option for those with a sensitivity to metal as they contain other metals to give them strength.
  • Composite crowns are made of a synthetic resin material – the same material used to fabricate a white dental filling. Because a composite crown can be colour matched to your natural teeth, they come with aesthetic benefits. However, they tend to be the softest of all dental crown types and don’t withstand chewing forces over time the way metal, porcelain or ceramic can.
  • Porcelain and ceramic crowns provide the most natural looking results because they can be colour matched to your existing teeth and reflect light in the same way natural teeth do. Because porcelain tends to be harder than tooth enamel, these restorations may not be well suited for people who habitually clench or grind their teeth.
  • Porcelain can be fused to metals such as gold or zirconia. Zirconia is a white crystalline oxide made from zirconium. While porcelain fused to gold can leave a trace or dark a the top of the tooth, porcelain fused to metal crowns effectively combine the strength of metal with the attractiveness of porcelain.

Which type of crown is best? Dr Lowry can help you decide.

A dental crown can help you recover your oral health and your appearance

There’s a reason why straight, white teeth are desirable and it’s not only about appearance. Strong, healthy, well-aligned teeth are, in most cases, healthy teeth.

A very large filling, a root canal treatment, broken or chipped teeth or a tooth severely impacted by decay are all dental issues a crown can help to resolve. Crowns can also be used as a cosmetic dental treatment in the case of discoloured or misshapen teeth.

Protect your appearance and your oral health

If your teeth have been damaged, there’s a good chance Chestermere dentist Dr Lowry can help you restore them. Dental crowns are one treatment option, but, depending on your circumstances, other dental treatments may also be of benefit.

To learn more about how modern dentistry can help you recover the appearance of your smile and the health of your teeth and gums, please schedule a consultation.

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