Porcelain Crowns Questions
General Dentist and Cosmetic Dental Services in Edmonton, Alberta
What is a Porcelain Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a cap placed over a damaged tooth in order to prevent further decay and damage, while hiding tooth discolouration. A porcelain dental crown is a dental crown made from porcelain.
What types of Dental Crowns exist?
We provide our patients with three types of dental crowns to choose from. The options available vary for each patient depending upon aesthetic goals, daily habits, current oral health condition and financial restrictions.
- Pure porcelain dental crowns look the most natural and can be chosen in an appropriate shade to match surrounding teeth. Unfortunately, they are the least durable option.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are the most frequently used dental crowns due to their greater durability and natural aesthetic. However, if the gum line recedes, a greater amount of metal may become visible.
- Gold dental crowns are used the least often due to their colour. However, if a patient frequently grinds or clenches their teeth, gold crowns are often the best option due to their durability.
Am I a candidate for dental crowns?
You are most likely an ideal candidate for a dental crown if you need to::
- Protect a weak tooth from additional damage
- Restore a tooth that has been worn down
- Cover and support a tooth that has a large filling when there is minimal tooth structure remaining
- Cover a dental implant
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover a tooth that is severely discoloured and has not responded to tooth whitening treatments
- Improve the appearance of misshapen or misaligned teeth
What does the Dental Crown procedure entail?
The dental crown procedure is one of the least invasive cosmetic dentistry procedures available. First, the tooth is filed to create space for the crown. Next, an impression of the tooth is made and sent to a laboratory, which creates the crown. While the crown is being created, a temporary crown is provided to protect your tooth from further damage. After two to three weeks, you return and have the crown bonded to your tooth.
What’s the lifespan of a Dental Crown?
Dental Crowns typically last approximately ten years. However, the lifespan is dependent on the stresses it endures and the maintenance provided. Tips for increasing the longevity of a dental crown include:
- Maintaining good oral hygiene
- Brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Paying specific care to minimize plaque buildup around the crown
- Not chewing on inedible objects
If you would like to learn more about porcelain dental crowns and live in the Edmonton, Alberta area, please contact our dental office today to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko.