Dental Crowns In Winnipeg Fit For A Queen Or King
Are you in need of dental crowns in Winnipeg Manitoba? Our Winnipeg dental team can help restore your smile if you need to cover up teeth that are damaged, cracked, or broken. Many patients wish they could cap those teeth that are misshapen and broken after years of use. The good news is that there’s never been a better time to do just that!
What are Dental Crowns and Bridges?
Dental crowns are a type of fixed prosthetic restoration designed to protect a broken down tooth. For example, if a tooth has had a root canal treatment, in many cases, it should have a crown to protect it long-term, as once the root canal treatment is completed, the structure of the tooth becomes more brittle and susceptible to breakage.
In the past, traditional crowns were made from gold or metal alloys. However, it is more common today to see dental crowns that are made of ceramic (porcelain crowns) or zirconia, which can be matched in shape and shade to the surrounding teeth. These porcelain crowns and zirconia crowns will not appear grey over time, have no metal showing, and will always appear to look natural.
Dental crowns are ideal for teeth that have been fractured or are at serious risk of fracturing. They may also serve as a sturdy replacement for a tooth that requires a large filling with very little of the natural tooth left. Of course, you can also use this treatment for cosmetic restorations, like covering a dental implant or correcting a tooth you do not like the shape or colour of.
Bridges are typically recommended for patients who have a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth as an alternative for dental implants. They are custom-made to span the gap and improve the appearance of your smile. A bridge is attached to natural teeth or implants on either side of the gap. These adjacent teeth are modified to make room for the support of the bridge, and then the entire bridge is fitted into place. Although a dental implant would be a better choice for tooth replacement, bridges can sometimes serve as a good alternative for numerous reasons.
How are Dental Crowns and Bridges Made?
First, the tooth that is going to receive the dental crown or dental bridge is reduced in size so that the dental crown or bridge can fit perfectly over the top of it. Then, since we have the latest and most sophisticated equipment (called an intraoral digital scanner), we will scan your tooth structure without the use of impression material in your mouth. This makes the appointment a lot more comfortable for our patients, less time consuming, and accomplishes a more accurate outcome. The digital scan file will be sent to our dental laboratory which will then prepare the final product in just a few days. While you wait for the lab to fabricate your permanent dental crown or dental bridge, we will provide you with a temporary crown or bridge to prevent damage to the natural tooth. The temporary crown or bridge is cemented with temporary cement, and then removed when the permanent crown comes back from the lab, at which point the permanent crown is cemented to the tooth using a much stronger Dental cement.
Rarely, but when absolutely necessary, or requested by the patient, we can still take a traditional impression (mould) of your teeth with impression material, and proceed to make your crown or bridge that way.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Whether you get a porcelain or a zirconia crown, there are a number of benefits. Dental crowns protect your teeth, whether it’s after a root canal or to solidify a fractured tooth. Crowns are an effective way of restoring function to your teeth, all while limiting your risk of further damage.
Additionally, dental crowns restore the natural appearance of your tooth. This is one of the reasons many dentists have moved away from the traditional crowns that used metal alloys or gold - they less accurately mimic the colour of natural teeth.
Dentists are always looking for effective, long-lasting, and affordable restorative treatment solutions. Dental crowns check all of these boxes - they have a high rate of success when it comes to treating structural deficiencies in teeth, they can last from 5-15 years (or even longer with proper care), and they cost less than alternative treatments, like dental implants.
Care and Maintenance
Our dental crowns are made to emulate the form and function of natural teeth. With proper care and service, your dental crowns can last 15 years or longer. The lifespan of a dental crown depends on a number of factors, from where it’s placed in your mouth,to the strength of your bite, or if you glind and/or clench, to how well you take care of your teeth.
Just like your natural teeth, you will need to maintain the same good care for your dental crowns and dental bridges to ensure they function properly. Brushing, flossing and coming in for regular cleanings and check-ups are a must. Don't forget to schedule an appointment!
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you have missing teeth or damaged teeth that require restorative dentistry, you don’t need to wait another minute to have them repaired. Don’t risk doing more damage to your smile. Take the first step and give East Kildonan Dental Office a call today to schedule your appointment. Visit us in the downtown Winnipeg area and let our experienced Winnipeg dental team walk you through all of your options!