Dental Crowns Winnipeg
Do you find yourself wincing when you chew food? Are you hiding your teeth when you talk or laugh? If your smile isn’t perfect, don’t be embarrassed – it’s very common. Dental crowns (or caps) are a solution for damaged teeth; they’re designed to look, feel, and act like natural teeth so that you won’t be able to notice a difference. Following a root canal, you may need a dental crown to protect the tooth. WestSide Dental Group offers crowns in Winnipeg; if you want to repair a damaged or missing tooth, give us a call.
What are dental crowns?
Crowns are cemented over damaged teeth to enclose and protect them completely. They are designed to perfectly match your smile due to their custom shading. You’ll enjoy strong, beautiful teeth that blend seamlessly. They’re often placed on teeth after a large filling or root canal. They protect weak teeth, support large fillings, and keep cracked teeth from breaking further.
Dental crowns are made from various materials, such as resin, porcelain, or metal. Each material has advantages and disadvantages; you may want to consult with your dentist about which option is best for you.
Metal crowns are durable enough to handle biting and chewing, which makes them long-lasting. The downside to this material is that, since they’re made of gold or platinum, they stand out from other teeth due to their colour. For most, it’s a choice best-suited for molars in the back of the mouth.
Porcelain crowns blend best with surrounding teeth, as they can be colour matched. They are undetectable from natural teeth, but they aren’t as strong as other materials and can be broken or chipped. For added resilience, there are porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, which combine the benefits of a natural-looking crown with the durability of metal.
Stainless steel crowns are a temporary solution. They’re often used with children who have not yet lost their primary teeth – when the baby tooth is ready to fall out, the crown comes with it. While a permanent crown is being made in a laboratory (which can take 2-3 weeks), dentists will apply a temporary stainless steel crown in the meantime. This will be removed once the final crown is ready.
One of the most affordable types of dental crowns are those made from resin or composite. Like porcelain, they are known to break apart over time due to wear. These dental crowns are prone to staining if they are worn down.
Who needs a dental crown?
If you have a damaged tooth, you may need a crown to protect the tooth. Missing teeth can be replaced with dental crowns. After root canals, dental crowns are used to protect those teeth. They also build the strength of the weakened teeth. When there is little of the natural teeth that remain, dental crowns can be used to support the bones. Patients that need dental implants can receive crowns to replace the missing roots of the teeth. Once the implants are anchored in the jawbone, the crowns will be used to cover them and act in place of the missing teeth.
Those with discoloured or misshapen teeth may want crowns to improve their appearance. Porcelain crowns can be customized to match the shade of surrounding teeth. If you have large fillings that are visible when you smile, crowns can be used to conceal them. They’ll be designed to fit your specific teeth and smooth any jagged edges or gaps. Crowns have practical uses, but they’re also an option for those who want to enhance the appearance of their smile.
If you have a cracked tooth, a crown can be used to protect it from breaking further. It will hold the tooth in place and shield it from damage. When teeth have cavities that are too large for a filling, dental crowns are used in their place.
Crowns can be useful for children who have teeth that are badly decayed. They can be placed over the baby teeth to prevent any further damage or gum disease. Since these teeth will fall out eventually, it is typical to use temporary crowns for primary teeth.
Overall, crowns enhance the performance, improve the appearance, and protect the vulnerabilities of weakened teeth. If you want to make adjustments to your smile and strengthen it in the process, then dental crowns may be right for you.
What happens during a procedure?
If your tooth has faced extensive damage, you may require a root canal before your dental crown. Once the tooth has been prepared, you will be given a local anesthetic so that the procedure is painless. Your tooth will be filed down to make room for the dental crown. An impression will be taken so that the crown perfectly fits your natural tooth. At this point, you may receive a temporary crown made of stainless steel while the final crown is made; this will protect your newly shaven tooth in the meantime, and allow you to chew normally. Your dentist will attach the finished crown at your next visit. After checking that it fits properly and matches your surrounding teeth, the dental crown will be cemented into place.
At our dental office, we offer a variety of restorative treatments. We want you to leave WestSide Dental Group with a smile that looks just like natural teeth.
What are the advantages of dental crowns?
For those with visibly damaged teeth, crowns will restore the appearance of the teeth. Any discolouration will be masked by the caps. Jagged edges will be covered so that the teeth return to their natural shapes. If you are missing teeth, dental crowns can fill the gap in your smile.
Do you have sensitive teeth? Crowns will protect the roots of the teeth, shielding the enamel and giving them a layer of defence against damage. Weak teeth will be protected by dental crowns; the caps will keep the teeth from breaking or chipping. If a tooth is worn down or cracked, a crown can be used to repair the damage. After a root canal, a dental crown can protect the natural tooth.
Dental crowns are durable; they’ll last for a long time provided you take care of them and regularly visit the dental office. They can withstand the force of chewing, but like natural teeth, it’s advised that you avoid foods such as ice or hard candies so that the crown is not damaged. On average, a dental crown can last from 5 to 15 years depending on the material used and how well they’re taken care of.
Are you considering a dental crown? Contact the WestSide dental office today. We offer crowns in Winnipeg that will look and perform like natural teeth. Let our Winnipeg Dentists help you today!