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Dental Crowns

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Bring Back Your Smile with Dental Crowns in Hamilton

If you have misaligned or missing teeth, there are many ways to restore or replace them, and one such method is getting dental crowns. It is a restorative dental procedure for damaged, stained, or misaligned teeth. For over 45 years, Olivieri Dental Care has provided various dental services in Hamilton to treat oral health issues. Dental crowns serve the functional purpose of keeping teeth strong enough to withstand the chewing and grinding forces they are constantly subject to and add aesthetic value by restoring them to their optimal look. 

 

At Olivieri Dental Care, we provide dental services to all age groups: children, teens, and adults. During the consultation, we encourage our patients to ask questions regarding the treatment.  Questions such as, what needs to be done before and after?  What are the benefits of dental crowns? Don’t wait for your dental health issues to worsen. Call us today. 

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What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a restoration for a damaged or weakened tooth, resembling a tiny “cap” that snugly fits over the tooth's surface. Its primary function is twofold: to reinforce the tooth's structural integrity and safeguard it against potential damage. Think of it as a sturdy armour for your tooth, shielding it from further harm while restoring its appearance and functionality. 

 

Dental crowns, made from durable materials like porcelain, ceramic, or metal alloys, are designed to endure the demands of daily use, ensuring lasting performance. Moreover, their natural-looking appearance seamlessly blends with the surrounding teeth, making them virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. 

The need for a dental crown can arise from various dental issues, ranging from a cracked or fractured tooth, to severe decay, or discoloration. Regardless of the specific reason, the overarching goal remains; to preserve the tooth's structure and function, promoting oral health and enhancing overall well-being. 

 

A dental crown is a reliable solution for addressing dental imperfections, offering both durability and aesthetic appeal. Restoring the strength and appearance of damaged teeth enables individuals to enjoy improved dental health and confidence in their smiles.  

Different Types of Crowns

Crowns are made of various materials. The following are the types of dental crowns:

  • Metal crowns: A variety of alloys are available to choose from, the most common of which is gold.  A Gold crown typically has a long lifespan and is not likely to chip or break.  Platinum crowns are also available to be made.  Less costly metals that provide great strength can also be used to make crowns. 

  • Composite crowns: They will not chip as easily as composite fillings or “bonding” will, " but will wear out faster due to chewing and grinding forces than porcelain crowns.

  • Porcelain crowns: They will not chip as easily as composite fillings or “bonding” will, " but will wear out faster due to chewing and grinding forces than porcelain crowns.

  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns: These crowns are the classic crowns that are most commonly seen, used on both front and back teeth.   Depending on how they are designed, a thin layer of metal substructure may be seen if your gums are thin, or shrink away from the tooth/crown joint over time.

  • Zirconia crowns: These crowns are the classic crowns that are most commonly seen, used on both front and back teeth.   Depending on how they are designed, a thin layer of metal substructure may be seen if your gums are thin, or shrink away from the tooth/crown joint over time.

Benefits of Getting Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are an excellent way of restoring damaged teeth. A few of the benefits of getting dental crowns are:

  • Crowns can restore structural damage to the tooth in a dependable way, which if not treated, can worsen.  This can lead to sensitivity to cold or pressure, and futher loss of tooth structure. 

 

  • If you have lost large fillings, or have decaying teeth where a filling will be too weak to properly fix the tooth (e.g. to last for more than six months to a year before it breaks again), a dental crown can do the job in a way that will last the longest.   

 

  • Corrects misaligned teeth to give you a more even/natural look to your smile when moving the teeth with braces or “invisible” aligners is too costly. 

 

It should be stated that the longevity of dental crowns also depends on proper oral hygiene.   

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Who Needs Dental Crowns?

  • Smaller cavities can be repaired with dental filling, but the problem arises when it is time to fill large cavities. Large fillings can affect your tooth's structural integrity or strength, and a crown is undoubtedly needed. 

 

  • If your large dental filling is damaged or failing, it may be a good idea to replace it with a dental crown. 

 

  • Dental crowns can cover and strengthen if your teeth are severely cracked, broken or chipped.

Dental crowns can help extend the life of your teeth, but there are other dental services you could opt for that can delay the need for a crown. At Olivieri Dental Care in Hamilton, we evaluate all options with you.

Caring for Your Dental Crown 

Proper care and maintenance of your dental crown are essential to ensure its longevity and effectiveness in protecting your tooth. Here are some guidelines to help you keep your crown in optimal condition: 

 

Practice good oral hygiene: Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily are crucial for maintaining the health of your crown and the surrounding teeth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid damaging the crown's surface. 

 

Avoid hard foods: Be cautious when consuming hard or sticky foods, as they can put excessive pressure on your crown and cause it to crack or become dislodged. Opt for softer foods and cut hard items into smaller pieces to minimize the risk of damage. 

 

Protect against teeth grinding: If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, especially at night, consider wearing a night guard to protect your crown and prevent unnecessary wear and tear. Consult your dentist for recommendations on the most suitable night guard for your needs. 

 

Attend regular dental check-ups: Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings with your dentist to monitor the condition of your crown and address any issues promptly. Your dentist can detect early signs of damage or decay and recommend appropriate treatment to maintain the integrity of your crown. 

 

 

By following these simple yet essential tips, you can prolong the lifespan of your dental crown and enjoy a healthy, functional smile for years to come. 

FAQ 

How Long Does A Dental Crown Last? 

The lifespan of a dental crown can vary depending on various factors, including the material used, the location of the crown in the mouth, and the individual's oral hygiene habits. On average, dental crowns can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years or more with proper care and maintenance. 

 

Will My Crown Look Natural? 

Yes, modern dental crowns are designed to closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth, blending seamlessly with the surrounding teeth in terms of color, shape, and texture. Your dentist will carefully match the shade of the crown to your natural teeth to ensure a natural-looking result. 

 

Can A Crowned Tooth Get A Cavity? 

While the crown cannot develop cavities, the tooth underneath can still be susceptible to decay if proper oral hygiene is not maintained. It's essential to continue brushing and flossing regularly, paying particular attention to the area where the crown meets the gumline to prevent plaque buildup and decay. Regular dental check-ups are also essential for detecting early decay signs and addressing them promptly. 

Contact Us

Olivieri Dental Care is a full-scope family dentistry clinic which ensures you don’t need to switch between different clinics to get the treatment done for you and your family. We believe each case is unique and requires an individualized approach. We also welcome new patients. When you make an appointment with us, we will understand your concerns and customize the treatment plan to help you get healthy teeth. We understand that getting dental treatment can be stressful, and our staff uses a personalized approach to provide comfort. Let’s connect to improve your oral health!

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Restore Your Confidence with Dental Crowns

With dental crowns, not just your lost teeth but your confidence and smile will also be restored!

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