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Dental Crowns in Guelph

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Restore and Protect Damaged or Decayed Teeth

If your teeth are damaged, decayed, misshapen, or have undergone recent root canal treatment, dental crowns can be a beneficial solution. Often referred to as dental caps, this straightforward restorative dental treatment safeguards and fortifies your teeth while preserving a natural appearance and sensation.

How Do Dental Crowns Work?

A dental crown is a synthetic cap that is bonded to the surface of a damaged or surgically modified tooth. This crown serves to prevent discomfort and shield the tooth from additional harm, all the while preserving the tooth’s natural shape.

The Types of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are available in a variety of materials. Some individuals prefer crowns that closely replicate the appearance and texture of natural teeth, while others choose the durability of metal crowns or the convenience of all-resin options. Regardless of the type of dental crown you and your dentist select, you can have confidence that Guelph Family Dentistry will provide excellent care.

The following are only a few of the dental crown options available: 

All-Resin Dental Crowns

All-resin dental crowns offer a natural appearance and are a cost-effective alternative to other crown materials. However, it’s important to note that these crowns tend to wear down more quickly with time. While you may experience enhanced comfort, you may also encounter reduced durability. Nevertheless, don’t be discouraged by this fact. Due to their affordability, the need for more frequent replacement may not have as significant an impact on your finances as you might imagine.

Metal Dental Crowns

Metal crowns are crafted from one of four commonly used metals: gold, palladium, nickel, and chromium. These crowns are renowned for their exceptional durability, with minimal risk of chipping or breaking, and they maintain their integrity over time. The primary drawback of metal dental crowns lies in their appearance, as they may not resemble natural teeth. Consequently, they are typically recommended for less prominently visible teeth, such as molars.

All-Ceramic & All-Porcelain Dental Crowns

All-porcelain and all-ceramic dental crowns are most effective when utilized for front teeth, as they offer the most lifelike appearance. Although they may not be as robust as metal crowns, they present an excellent option for individuals with metal allergies who prioritize both strength and long-lasting performance in their dental crowns.

Pressed Ceramic Dental Crowns

Pressed ceramic dental crowns are a best-of-both-worlds option. This type of crown features a hard core of pressed ceramic, providing strength and resilience, while the cap is made of porcelain so that it looks more like a natural tooth. As a result, pressed ceramic dental crowns are long-lasting and natural-looking.

The Dental Crown Process

A standard dental crown procedure requires two office visits and is performed by a dentist.

Here’s how we go about the process at our Guelph office:

Examining and Preparing the Tooth

The dental crown procedure commences with a comprehensive dental assessment. Our dentist will assess and clean your teeth in preparation for the dental crowns. In the event of a fractured or extensively decayed tooth, the dentist will eliminate the damaged portions to ensure the tooth cap can effectively safeguard the tooth from additional decay.

Shaping the Crown

Subsequently, our dentist will create an impression of your teeth, which will be sent to a laboratory for the fabrication of the crowns. In the interim, we will furnish you with a temporary dental crown to wear until your follow-up appointment.

Placing the Crown

During your second appointment, we will carefully remove the temporary crown and replace it with a permanent one. The permanent crown will be firmly attached using resilient dental cement or a concealed screw. To finalize the procedure, we will meticulously polish your crown and make any essential adjustments to ensure your comfort and security.

The Cost of Dental Crowns in Guelph

The out-of-pocket cost for a dental crown can vary widely from patient to patient. With a typical insurance plan a single crown averages out to about $200 to $600+. Without insurance, a reasonable figure for a crown is about $800 to $1200 and up.

So what goes into determining the cost of a dental crown?

  • The type of crown and the material that is used.
  • The location and complexity of the procedure.
  • The number of crowns that may be required.
  • Combining the crown with other dental appliances like bridges.
  • Supplies and equipment that are required for your specific treatment.

Remember, no dental practice can provide an accurate quote over the phone. Ultimately, your needs are as unique as your smile. It’s important to schedule an appointment at our office in Guelph and undergo an oral exam to find out all your treatment options and to receive an accurate quote. If you have dental insurance, we would be happy to supply you with a quote to submit to them so you can find out your out-of-pocket costs before you make a decision.

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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.

Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

Needing a crown after a root canal depends highly on the location of the tooth in the mouth—teeth towards the back of the mouth like molars and premolars are needed more for chewing, and generally require crowns, where incisors or canines which aren't needed for chewing don't always require crowns.
One difference between a crown vs filling is that a crown is much more durable for teeth with a large biting surface. Repeated pressure from chewing or from habitual clenching can cause fillings on the biting surfaces of molars to chip or come loose. A crown, being a single unbroken surface from gumline to gumline, is designed to take much more force over a longer period of time.
Dental crowns play two important roles in your mouth. First and foremost, they completely restore the function of your tooth which means you can close your teeth and chew without pain or discomfort or without having to compensate by chewing on one side. Secondarily (but also important!) crowns are designed to blend in with your natural teeth. That means they are coloured and contoured to match your aesthetic. In fact, sometimes people forget altogether which tooth is the crown.
A post isn’t quite a dental implant (which is surgically implanted in the jaw bone) but it is exactly what it sounds like: a medical-grade post that may be cemented into a prepared root-canal to reinforce the base and core of a dental crown. Dental posts are only used if there isn’t enough healthy tooth left over to reliably hold a crown.
Depending on the state of your tooth, getting a crown can feel a bit like getting a filling. We take our time to patiently numb the area and then use freezing as necessary so the preparation of your tooth isn’t painful. You may feel a little sensitivity or some soreness in the gums around the tooth for a short period of time following your procedure. If you feel anxious about visiting the dentist, let us know! We would love to put your mind at ease and make your experience as comfortable as possible.
In most cases, dental crowns can last up to 15 years. However, if they are properly maintained, they can last for 25-30 years.
A dental crown is maintained just like a natural tooth. Regular brushing and flossing keep your dental crown - and the supporting gum around it - healthy and clean. Regular cleanings and checkups at your dentist are essential to your oral health.

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