Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more prone to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration, and others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this, filling or bonding will not be sufficient.
Dental crowns are used to strengthen and improve the shape, size or colour of teeth. They can support broken or weak teeth or those with large fillings; provide a smooth, strong, attractively contoured surface for stained, misshapen or otherwise abnormal teeth; and aid in the support of bridges and other implants. This type of restoration is used for a long-lasting correction of dental problems that cannot otherwise be repaired. Crowns can often last for 15 – 20 years, which is considered permanent for dental treatment.
Benefits of Tooth Crowns
The benefits of dental crowns include:
- Restore cracked, broken or decayed teeth for a healthier, more beautiful smile
- Protect from further tooth decay or damage
- Eliminate discomfort or pain
- Strengthen the ability to chew
- Long-lasting solution – up to 15 years with proper upkeep
- Natural-looking and inconspicuous
A crown may be prescribed by your Dentist to:
- Restore and protect a tooth that is worn, decayed, cracked, or broken
- Protect and support a tooth after a very large filling or root canal treatment
- Cover a dental implant
- Hold a dental bridge or other prosthetic device in place
- Improve your smile by covering a misshapen or severely discoloured tooth
Different Type of Crowns
Crowns are offered in a wide variety of materials:
- Metal – Metal crowns can be anything from stainless steel to gold to silver and beyond. These crowns are much more visually obvious
- Porcelain – Porcelain is a popular choice for those wanting caps that blend in with their current teeth. The porcelain is fused to an underlying metal cap for greater durability. However, the porcelain can chip at times and wear down along the gum line to reveal the metal base.
- Ceramic – Ceramic is another option for those wanting a dental cap that closely matches their natural tooth color. Like porcelain, it can be fused to metal or can be made into an all-ceramic cap.
- Resin – The resin can provide a natural tooth appearance but is also weaker than most other materials and prone to cracking or chipping.
Metal Free Restorations
Advances in modern dentistry practically eliminate the need for the use of metal which can discolor the teeth and cause discomfort. Dr. Kaviani uses the newest tooth-like materials to enhance your smile, giving it a natural-looking appearance.
Porcelain dental crowns have proven to be extremely durable as well as natural looking. The primary reason why dental crowns break is poor planning and placement. Dr. Kaviani spends a significant amount of time planning each case to ensure the optimal results for the patient.
The Trial Smile with Dental Crowns
“Trial smile” is the temporary crowns that Dr. Kaviani has designed prior to fabricating the final crowns. These temporaries allow you to “test drive” the smile design for a period of time,
Dr. Kaviani will work with you on refining the final design and then there are no surprises at the end. Your trial smile is actually the prototype for the final design and is created based on your vision of the type of smile that will make you look your best.
The “trial smile” is usually worn for several days before you and your cosmetic dentist; Dr. Kaviani makes the final decisions as to the final smile design.
A very important concept is that by wearing the “trial smile” first, you are given ample opportunity to accept or change key components in the design of the smile, especially the colour, the shape of the individual teeth, and the length of the teeth.
Anticipated Dental Crown Costs
Different Types Of All-Ceramic Crowns
This type of crown is made from zirconia, a very strong material which is compatible with the human body. Zirconia is a type of crystal which is long lasting and indestructible.
This is a type of all-ceramic crown with an appealing translucent colour which is combined with extra strength and durability. It is suitable for damaged, stained or poor quality teeth.
Procera is a milled ceramic on the inside with more traditional porcelain baked onto the outside. It has exceptional strength, but the ceramic core is opaque white, so it isn’t as natural-looking as the more translucent materials.
Lava is similar to Procera, but the milled ceramic on the inside is more translucent than an opaque white material. The Zirconia is shaded, and then the final aesthetics is achieved in the baked-on outer layer.
The Empress crown
Empress is not porcelain; it is more like a glass. The Empress material is cast rather than baked as a conventional porcelain crown is. The colour in Empress is mostly baked on the outside and can be very beautiful.
InCeram is made of very dense and very tough aluminous porcelain. It also has excellent aesthetics but is more opaque than conventional porcelain