When to Get a Dental Crown
Dental crowns are used to restore the shape, appearance, and function of a tooth that has been damaged (but has not fallen out). For patients who have a root canal, a large filling, a broken tooth, or even want to cover discoloured or misshapen teeth, our dentists may recommend a crown as a solution.
A dental crown, also called a cap, is a hollow, artificial tooth that the dentist places over your damaged or decayed tooth to keep it protected and make your mouth more comfortable. Visit our gallery to see before and after photos of dental crowns done by our dentists.
Dental Crowns at Admiral House Dental Practice
Our dental team prides itself on producing seamless results for our patients that look and function like your natural teeth. We place dental crowns that suit the needs of our patients that give functional and beautiful results.
Our dentists suggest a crown material (or a combination) depending on which of your teeth require crowns. Admiral House Dental Practice has three types of dental crowns available to our patients:
- Porcelain crowns are made with high-strength zirconia cores. These metal-free crowns look the most natural. This material is more brittle than metal and may chip more easily, which is why we do not usually place porcelain crowns on back teeth.
- Porcelain bonded to metal crowns look natural and have the strength of the incorporated metal so they do not chip as easily as porcelain crowns. In some smiles where the gums are thin or shrink, the metal may start to show.
- Metal crowns are made of a high gold alloy. These crowns do not blend in with the natural colour of teeth, but they last a long time and do not chip, break, or wear down your opposing natural teeth.
Caring for Your Crowns
Our quality materials and the specialty skills of our dentists give patients strong crowns that last around a decade, or longer with proper ongoing care. Our dentists take the time to instruct you on the best way to clean and care for your crown, which is not too much different than caring for your natural teeth.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once to keep your mouth clean. When it comes to food, crowns may not be quite as strong as natural teeth, so avoid biting down on hard objects or using your teeth as tools to open things.
How Admiral House Dentists Place Your Crown
Patient comfort and care are paramount at Admiral House. Our dentists always ensure you are confident in the treatment plan and well-informed going into any procedure at our dental practice.
We start by numbing the area with a local anesthetic before the dentist files down the tooth that needs the crown. The dentist will make an impression (a mold) of the filed-down tooth and the surrounding teeth to custom-make your crown. They will give you a temporary crown to protect your tooth until your permanent crown is ready.
We will book you for another appointment once your permanent crown is prepared. This crown is made from one of our restorative materials and fits perfectly in your mouth since it is made specifically for you from the impression of your teeth. After we place the crown, we always check the fit, shape, colour, and bite. If it looks perfect to us and feels good to you, we cement the crown in place.
The Difference Between Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges
A crown salvages teeth that are broken, where bridges replace teeth that are missing. It is typically consists of an artificial tooth fused between two crowns as one piece that gets placed in your mouth.
A dental bridge is held securely in place by your natural teeth or dental implants on either side of the missing one(s). A bridge is a permanent solution for missing teeth and cannot be removed once placed.
Types of Bridges at Admiral House
Our dentists assess the area of the missing teeth, the condition of your remaining natural teeth, and the state of your gums. Based on this information, we recommend a treatment plan and give you all the information you require to feel comfortable with our recommendation.
We will suggest one of the following bridges based on our assessment:
- A traditional bridge or single implant if there is one tooth missing and there are healthy natural teeth on each side of the gap.
- An implant bridge if your natural teeth are not healthy enough, or close enough to support a dental bridge.
- A custom-made bridge that anchors to dental implants.
- A resin-bonded bridge for missing front teeth. This technique fuses artificial teeth to metal bands that are cemented to the back of your natural teeth.
- A cantilever bridge when there are only healthy teeth on one side of the missing tooth.
Dental Bridge Placement
Our dentists try to use your healthy, natural teeth to support bridges where we are able. We file down healthy teeth on each side of the missing tooth to prepare them for the bridge. If there is not enough support from your natural teeth, we may surgically place dental implants to anchor an artificial tooth or the bridge. We take an impression of your teeth and place a temporary bridge to protect your exposed teeth until your custom bridge is ready.
On your next visit, our specialist dentist removes the temporary bridge and places the custom bridge in your mouth. If you are happy with how it feels and looks, we cement it in place for the perfect fit. The cost of dental bridges can be found on our fee schedule. Please give us a call if you would like more information on booking an appointment for a dental bridge.
Caring for Your Dental Bridge
Our dentists know that dental care does not end when you leave our office, that is why we take the time to explain how to best care for your bridge. If you have any questions about how to clean your bridges, please ask us during your visit. We will explain how to use a floss threader under and around any artificial teeth and give you an overview of proper care. If you follow our instructions, your bridge can last 10 years or more.