Dental Crowns-Dental Caps
At Elliot Lake Dental Centre we are proud to use only the best materials for dental crowns to ensure the results are impecable!
Dental crowns, sometims also known as “dental caps,” can restore the functionality of a damaged tooth/teeth. Dental crowns can be used to protect a fractured tooth/teeth, restore function to a tooth with dental decay, or fully cover and protect a tooth that has had a root canal. The purpose of a dental crown is to completely cover a damaged tooth with a durable, custom-shaded material.
Our Elliot Lake Dentists follow this procedure to fabricate a custom dental crown for you:
During the dental crown appointment at Elliot Lake Dental Centre, our dental team dentist will prepare the tooth/teeth for a custom designed crown. After the preparation is complete, dental impressions will be taken and sent to the dental lab A temporary crown is created during this visit to protect the tooth while the final restoration is being fabricated at dental lab.
The second appointment entails removing the temporary crown and fittng the permanent one. Once you are 100% happy, we will cement the new crown and you may begin functioning on it like a natural tooth!
Porcelain fused to metal crowns (PFM), full porcelain crowns or gold crowns.
The three predominant choices of restorative materials for the full coverage crowns are:
Porcelain fused to metal (PFM).
The material selected is determined by the clinical demands at hand; esthetic demands, strength requirements, material durability and restorative space available.
Full Porcelain Crowns/Caps
The predominant material choice for all-procelain crowns today is either zirconia, or aluminous materials. They provide a metal-free option with a number of benefits. By removing the need for a metal base in the crown like a porcelain fused to metal crown (PFM), an esthetic full porcelain crown can be produced which is both thinner and as strong as a PFM. By eliminating the metal core, it allows for any type of light to be transmitted through the porcelain for beautiful, esthetic properties.
Although not as popular a treatment choice for esthetic reasons, gold crowns are still indicated in some instances. Gold crowns offer a level of durability that is appropriate for teeth located in the back of the mouth (such as the molars), where they will not be highly visible. Gold crowns tend to offer greater longevity and require less preparation than porcelain and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. When chewing, gold tends to be less abrasive to the opposing tooth than porcelain. This helps to prevent wearing of the teeth.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns provide for a strong, durable treatment option. One consideration in the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown is that these crowns may tend to show the underlying metal or gold margin at the gum line as gums recede over time. Some patients opt for this type of crown, but replace the crown at a later date in order to maintain a higher esthetic benefit. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns with an all porcelain collar can eliminate this vulnerability.
Call our Elliot Lake Dentists with any questions or for a complimentary consultation at Elliot Lake Dental Centre at (705)848-6885.
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