Crowns and Bridges
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Dental Crown in Calgary
A Dental crown is a custom engineered tooth that fits over your existing tooth structure, protecting against natural erosion and decay while also restoring the look and strength of your tooth.
Crowns used in cosmetic dentistry are suited to match your natural tooth colour and shape, create facial balance, and even support your bone structure for a beautiful end result.
At Sierra, we choose ceramic products with no metal substructure to fabricate your crowns. This ensures that there will be no grey lines of metal showing when you smile.
The ceramic products are also biocompatible, can help to create better tissue health and no risk of a metal (nickel) allergy. Our patients find these crowns to be strong, durable and remarkably natural-looking.
Crown Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are lab-made restorations used to repair cracked or fractured teeth or teeth with mild to moderate decay. You can think of them as a middle ground between a filling and a crown.
Ideal candidates for inlay or onlay work typically have more decay or damage in the tooth structure to be effectively treated using a filling material but have enough healthy tooth structure remaining to not yet need a crown.
Inlays and onlays help to significantly strengthen teeth. They are more durable and last longer than fillings.
Even though they are more expensive than filling, patients often choose them because they prolong tooth life and often prevent the need for more dental treatment in the future.
Fixed Dental Bridge Procedure Calgary
If you lose a tooth or have one that is severely damaged and not stable enough to hold a crown on its own you may be a candidate for a dental bridge.
Filling the gap from a missing tooth is important for your health, comfort, and confidence.
One common solution is a traditional fixed bridge. For this procedure, the adjacent teeth are crowned and used to support a false tooth called a pontic. The pontic brings stability back to your smile and discourages the adjacent teeth from moving into the gap.
By keeping your bite stable, the bridge will help you eat and speak more comfortably and confidently.
For those who are interested in a more permanent tooth replacement, Sierra Dental is also proud to offer you dental implants.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dental bridge treatment is simpler
As opposed to implant work, which can require a number of treatments, dental bridges can be applied to the patient’s teeth in two to three visits. This helps simplify the treatment process, and can sometimes reduce the overall cost and time of the procedure.
Dental implants might be a more expensive form of treatment than bridges, but implants can be used to replace several missing teeth. Those with significant bone damage, however, might consider bridge work for their treatment.
By running through these options with your dental health professional, you can come to a mutual decision on which is the best choice for your future oral health requirements!
Crowns are also known as “caps” and restore function and appearance to damaged teeth. Like bonding, crowns are most commonly used to fix cracked or chipped teeth, but they can also be used to restore the tooth when large fillings are present.
A crown is custom-designed, usually made of porcelain, ceramic, or gold. It fits over the damaged tooth to restore and protect your natural tooth. The procedure takes longer than bonding as you may need 2 visits. One to prepare and take a mould of the tooth and a second to place the finished crown.
Crowns Are Required to Prevent Tooth Fracture
When a root canal treatment is performed, the dentist creates an access hole through the top of the tooth to ensure the inner pulp can be expertly removed. This process helps to remove any leftover nerve tissue but also hollows out the tooth structure. The hollow tooth structure then becomes more susceptible to fractures over time.
By placing a crown on the tooth, the dentist can tie the cusps together and ensure the tooth is much less likely to fracture during day-to-day activities.
Crowns Can Help To Prevent the Failure of the Root Canal
Crowns can be used to help prevent the failure of the root canal by stopping contaminants from entering the tooth initially, allowing the restoration time to heal. A qualified dentist working with a dental crown can help ensure root canal success and ensure the tooth is healed for the long-term.
A broken crown qualifies as a dental emergency, so the first thing you should do after noticing something is wrong is immediately call your dentist. Aside from potentially being painful, the risk of developing a bacterial infection goes up the longer you wait to have the crown repaired.