Everything You Need to Know about Dental Crowns - Markham Family Dentist

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A friend recently got dental crowns. Now you are wondering if they would help you resolve a dental issue. Crowns are used for a number of conditions. By talking with your dentist, it’s possible to learn a little about crowns and what they accomplish.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are basically a cap that’s placed on the top of a damaged tooth. The size and shape of the crown depends on the type of tooth and the amount of damage present. Crowns are custom made so they are proportioned properly and restore the strength and appearance of the tooth. Many dental clinics prepare the crowns in-house, using measurements and other data collected during the patient examination.

What Materials are Used for the Crowns?

Four materials are historically used for crowns: porcelain-based ceramic, porcelain fused to metal, gold alloy, or base metal alloys. Your dentist can help you explore the merits of each material and recommend the one that’s best for you. For example, if you would prefer to have a crown that looks more like the rest of the tooth, one of the solutions using porcelain would be a good choice. Others may find that some type of metal alloy is more to their liking.

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What Conditions Do They Correct?

Your Markham family dentist will point out several issues that are helped by crowns. They are sometimes paired with veneers to add strength to cracked teeth. Crowns fill in chipped areas along the top of teeth. They can help cover a discolored tooth, allowing it to blend in with the surrounding teeth.

Crowns also help reshape teeth that look awkward and make the smile more uniform. That same reshaping can also make it easier to chew properly. If you have a cavity filled, the dentist may recommend adding a crown over the filling. This helps restore the appearance of the tooth and also provides a measure of protection to the filling.

Does Getting a Crown Hurt?

Some type of local anesthetic is typically used for the installation of a crown. You are likely to feel no discomfort during the procedure. Afterwards, there may be some soreness. Many patients find that rinsing with warm salt water and using the over the counter anti-inflammatory recommended by the dentist is enough to deal with the pain. You can expect any discomfort to disappear by the following day.

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How Long Will They Last?

Tooth crowns in Markham are formulated to last for a long time. They may eventually need to be replaced if used in conjunction with fillings. That’s because more of the tooth may decay over time, dislodging the filling and the existing crown. Generally, you can depend on a crown to remain viable for at least 15 years. Under certain conditions, the crowns could last much longer.

Are dental crowns right for you? The only way to know for sure is to talk with your dentist. Depending on what type of condition you want to correct and how you would like the teeth to look afterwards, crowns may be an important part of the solution.

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Andrea Galick

Andrea Galick is an accomplished Dental Hygienist (RDH) with a passion for helping patients achieve optimal oral health. Andrea has built a reputation as a caring and skilled practitioner who puts her patients at ease and provides individualized care that meets their unique needs.

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