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Dental Crowns Hamilton

Dental crowns are customized tooth-shaped caps that fit over a damaged tooth after it's been prepared or replaces missing teeth. Dental crowns are great for strengthening and rebuilding a damaged tooth after root canal therapy, a tooth that's accidentally been damaged, or to top off dental implants. A dental crown is fully functional, meaning you can eat as normal without damaging the crown or putting your oral health at risk. Your dentist will discuss the function and care of your crown during your consultation and also discuss what the best material for your particular case would be. While porcelain is the most popular dental crown material, there are certain situations where it may not be the best material for you.

What is a Dental crown for?

There are many reasons your Hamilton dentist may suggest porcelain dental crowns to improve the strength and/or appearance of your teeth:

  • Protect a weakened tooth at risk of decay or a fracture
  • Restore a broken or decayed tooth
  • Restore a tooth following root canal therapy
  • Attach or cover a dental bridge
  • Replace a filling if there isn’t enough of your natural tooth remaining
  • Cover one or more misshapen teeth

AM I A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL CROWNS IN HAMILTON?

Think of a crown as a cap that your existing tooth will wear. First, your tooth (or teeth) must be reduced in size so the material will fit over it. This procedure is called “filing”. After reducing your tooth’s size, your dentist will take an impression to be used as a mold for the custom-made dental crown.

Again, porcelain is often used to craft crowns because of its natural-looking appearance and durability, though porcelain is not suitable for every patient, especially if certain habits are present, such as grinding or clenching teeth at night. Your dentist will decide which material should be used as crowns may also be made from a combination of zirconium or gold.

If porcelain is used, our laboratory team will hand tint your crown to match the natural colour of your teeth for a seamless fit. The tooth is created thanks to the help of the custom mold. Once your crown is ready, it will be permanently affixed over your prepared tooth. Crafting times may vary but could take anywhere from two to three weeks. The result? A natural-looking, functional tooth!

Custom dental crowns in shades of white, silver, and gold in dentist emergency hamilton

TIPS FOR CARING FOR YOUR DENTAL CROWNS

Crowns require a commitment just as your natural teeth do. As well as having a strict dental care routine to ensure your crowns’ longevity and the health of your existing teeth, you should continue to book six-month checkups and cleaning appointments (unless your downtown Hamilton dentists suggests otherwise). When undergoing root canal therapy, dental implant surgery or gum or bone grafting, your dental professional may suggest more frequent appointments.

One thing is for certain: regularly scheduled cleanings are important for removing tartar and other buildups around your dental crown and natural teeth, otherwise, tooth decay or gum disease can occur. It’s important to remember that just because you have a dental crown covering your tooth does not mean your surrounding gums are safe from decay or disease. However, with proper dental care and, after following your Hamilton dentist’s personalized care plan, your new and improved teeth can last a lifetime.

DENTAL CROWNS HAMILTON: IMPROVING SMILES

If you're looking for a professional Hamilton dentist and are in need of a confidence boost, you've come to the right place. Our team here at Century Stone Dental is passionate about helping you achieve all your smile goals. Call our office to book an appointment for one of our services today. Call at 905-545-4833 or email us at [email protected]

Dr Christopher Sims

We always like to show our patients ‘Before’ and ‘After’ photos of different cases that have been completed in the dental office. All cases are different from one another, however, one thing in common is that they always leave with a smile on their face. That smile, of course, is to show off their new teeth.

Dental Crowns

In this particular case, the patient presented with discoloured and broken down front teeth. Regular dental fillings would not be able to fix the problem, so dental crowns had to be used in this case. Dr. Sims decided that 6 dental crowns in this case, would offer the best smile for this patient. Depending on how wide someone’s smile is – that will determine how many crowns are needed for the smile makeover.

Treatment Process

For this particular case, the treatment was done in only two appointments. The first appointment consisted of Dr. Sims preparing the six teeth for the dental crowns. Once that was complete, dental impressions were taken of the newly prepared teeth to be sent off to the lab. The lab then made custom dental crowns that would offer the patient the most natural looking smile.

The dental crowns are made of porcelain to mimic the look of a real tooth. This is what makes the crowns look so natural. On top of that, the colour of the porcelain was matched to the patient’s other teeth. Once the dental crowns were delivered back to our office, the patient came back and they were permanently cemented into the mouth. This was done by removing the temporary crowns and simply gluing the dental crowns over the previously prepared teeth. This appointment only lasted about 30-45 minutes. The results were absolutely outstanding!

The Canadian Dental Association has a great write up for more information on dental crowns. You can find it here.

Dr Christopher Sims
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