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Tooth Crowns

Barrie

You only get one set of permanent teeth. When you have a dental problem that threatens to cause the loss of a tooth, it is important to do everything possible to protect your tooth structure and avoid future problems. Cosmetic dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick can provide you with natural-looking tooth crowns to keep your teeth healthy and functional.

Reasons for Tooth Crowns

Tooth crowns are also called caps because they are custom-made to fit over your entire tooth. Tooth crowns are used to:

  • Save a tooth that has been severely damaged by decay or trauma
  • Add strength and function to a tooth that is worn down, cracked or broken
  • Provide anchors for a dental bridge
  • Act as a replacement tooth on a dental implant
  • Make damaged teeth look more aesthetically pleasing
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Types of Crowns

As with most cosmetic dental procedures at Molson Park Dental Office, we offer you different options when it comes to tooth crowns. After analyzing the condition of your teeth, Dr. Chapnick will make a recommendation on how he feels you should proceed with treatment; then the two of you will make a decision.

Your tooth crown options include:

  • Porcelain tooth crowns: Chapnick uses Empress® ceramic material and e.max® ZirCAD porcelain dental crowns with a zirconia lining because they provide a very natural appearance.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns: This option can be more durable than all-porcelain tooth crowns and is a good alternative for back teeth. One drawback is that the metal framework of the natural-looking porcelain crown can become exposed along the gum line over time.

Full metal crowns using material are typically not used today because they are so obtrusive in your smile. The goal is to make your tooth crown look natural rather than stand out.

If you have a dental condition that requires a tooth crown, you can visit Dr. Chapnick who is trained and experienced in the tasks required to fit you with a tooth crown and can explain to you exactly how dental crowns are made.

Depending on the extent of damage to your tooth, he may need to remove a precise amount of tooth enamel so that the tooth crown will not be too bulky in your smile. He will also have the dental laboratory craft your tooth crown to the exact size, shape and colour to blend with your existing teeth.

If you have additional questions about tooth crowns, please contact the dental team in Barrie or Toronto, to arrange a consultation with Dr. Adam Chapnick.

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How Dental Crowns are Made

Do you have some teeth that need dental crowns, or that need old crowns replaced?

Perhaps you have noticed dark lines along one or more crowns that are visible when you smile? Those lines are caused by gum tissue slightly shrinking as we age, exposing the metal lining of the crowns. At Molson Park Dental Office, Dr. Chapnick and his team offer all-porcelain crowns that have no metal lining and therefore avoid that cosmetic issue.

Tooth crowns are made of a ceramic material known as dental porcelain. We use Empress® materials for dental bridges, porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns because Dr. Chapnick considers them to be of the highest quality.

We also offer e.max® ZirCAD crowns which have a zirconia lining. They use a slightly different Empress material that gives similar opalescence and strength.

The Tooth Crown Procedure

After Dr. Chapnick has done a full dental examination with x-rays and you have decided to go ahead with a dental crown, he will clean the tooth very thoroughly, removing all decay, damage, and bacterial debris. If there was an old metal filling in the tooth, he will remove all that material carefully with a special tube to draw off any mercury vapor. An old composite filling does not require that extra care because it contains no metal.

When the tooth and surrounding gums are entirely clean, Dr. Chapnick will take digital photos and an impression of the area to send to the dental lab. The lab technician will craft your porcelain crown to Dr. Chapnick’s specifications using Empress or e.max porcelain, which can take up to three weeks in busy times and you will have a temporary crown for that waiting period.

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The temporary crown is not as strong as your permanent crown will be and is not as strongly bonded to the tooth. Therefore, you should be careful about crunchy or hard foods so as to protect it and keep it in place.

When your permanent crown arrives at our office, you will have a second visit. Dr. Chapnick will first attach it temporarily to check for fit and comfort. You can look at it in a mirror and he will make any necessary adjustments. Then he will bond it with cosmetic dentistry cement and it will then be a long-term part of the tooth.

At the Molson Park Dental Office our priority is to give you safe and effective dental service matching your own desires and goals. Dr. Chapnick and his friendly team are always happy to answer questions, and if you feel anxious about dental visits we can provide a mild sedative for you to help you relax.

Please contact us today if you would like to schedule a free general consultation or a consultation with a dental examination.

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QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR DENTAL CROWN

Can I whiten my teeth if I have a dental crown?

Porcelain materials will not respond to tooth whitening gels. Porcelain tooth crowns are made to match the colour of your other teeth. If you are unsatisfied with the whiteness of your smile, you should do a tooth whitening treatment before getting a dental crown. Get your teeth to the desired shade of white so Dr. Adam Chapnick can incorporate a dazzling porcelain tooth crown into your dazzling smile.

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Are porcelain dental crowns solid white?

No. Because your natural teeth are not a solid colour, your porcelain dental crowns are made using different shades of white to create contrast. Even the texture of your dental crowns is created to properly reflect light and blend with your existing teeth. This is an entirely customized process that relies on dentist artistry and laboratory genius to get your tooth crown just right.

What issues can arise with dental crowns?

If you have dental crown work done by an experienced cosmetic dentist like Dr. Chapnick, and you treat your teeth with respect, you should not encounter any problems. But like any dental restoration, tooth crowns are not 100% free from potential issues, such as:

  • Porcelain tooth crowns can become chipped
  • Tooth crowns can become loose or fall off
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal tooth crowns can cause the metal layer of your tooth crown to show through at your gum line
  • Gum disease can occur around your tooth crown

If you experience any discomfort or problems with your dental crown, contact Dr. Chapnick and his team immediately to have the problem fixed.

Can I get a dental cavity with a tooth crown?

Your dental crown will protect your tooth from decay where the tooth is covered.  Regular dental maintenance is required to prevent decay growing beyond where the crown is attahed.  Gum disease is possible  in that area if you do not practice good oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing daily. Regular trips to the dentist will help ensure that your dental crown is not coming loose or chipped.

How long will my tooth crown last?

With proper care, tooth crowns can last 10-15 years or even longer. By avoiding certain habits you can preserve your porcelain tooth crown:

  • Do not chew on ice, hard foods or fingernails
  • Wear a mouthguard if you clench or grind your teeth at night
  • Wear a mouthguard when you play contact sports
  • Do not use your teeth as bottle or package openers

“Anything that can break a healthy natural tooth can also potentially break a crown”

If you live in Barrie or Toronto and would like to learn if a tooth crown could help restore your smile, please contact the Molson Park Dental Office team today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Adam Chapnick.

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