What are dental crowns?
If you have a large cavity or a damaged tooth, a dental crown may be the best way to restore your smile.
In Winnipeg, count on Regent Avenue Dental Centre as your trusted dental service provider for all things related to your mouth health – including dental crowns. Get all the details about dental crowns in our article.
What are dental crowns?
A crown (cap) is a dental restoration that encircles a tooth to restore it to its natural shape, appearance and function. Crowns are built to look and feel just like natural teeth. Your natural tooth is trimmed, and then a crown is cemented on top of it, protecting the tooth and covering it up all the way down to the gum line.
Because they are very strong and durable and protect your tooth from further damage, they are usually used to cover a damaged or decayed tooth. Crowns are also used to treat teeth that have been treated with root canal therapy.
What are the different types of dental crowns?
There are a few different common types of dental crowns, as follows:
Metal crowns are usually made of gold. They are very durable and won’t chip or break, but they do not look very natural, particularly in front teeth. They are used in the posterior due to their gold or silver color.
These crowns are made of resin (plastic) and are usually only used for temporary crowns, since they are not very durable or long-lasting.
Porcelain crowns are made of a solid block of porcelain ceramic material. They look and feel just like a natural tooth but are more brittle than metal or composite crowns.
These crowns use a porcelain cap and a metal base, which provides enhanced durability and strength compared to all-porcelain crowns.
What can I expect from the process?
It takes two appointments over a period of a few weeks to get a crown.
- One of the dentists at Regent Avenue Dental Centre will numb your mouth, then trim your tooth to prepare it for a crown
- Dental impressions will be taken of your mouth and gums, and sent to a third-party dental lab where your crown will be built
- You’ll get a temporary crown to wear for the next few weeks. When your permanent crown arrives at Regent Avenue Dental Centre, you’ll come back in for your follow-up
- Your dentist will remove your temporary crown and cement your permanent crown, completing the procedure
Need a crown? Book your appointment today!
At Regent Avenue Dental Centre, we specialize in restorative dentistry in Winnipeg. Contact us online or give us a call at 204.817.8915 to schedule a consultation and see if a dental crown is right for you.