Dental Crowns – East York, ON
Make Your Tooth Strong and Beautiful Again!
A tooth that’s been broken or badly decayed can leave quite a mark on your smile – not to mention the effect it could have on your ability to speak clearly or chew a wide variety of foods. Luckily, the Donlands Family Dentistry team can restore your tooth’s shape, size, and strength with a dental crown in East York! The crowns used by Drs. Nabeel and Margolian are made of high-quality materials that reflect light the same way as natural tooth enamel. Get in touch with our practice today if you have a tooth that needs repair.
Why Choose Donlands Family Dentistry for Dental Crowns?
- Metal-Free Emax and Zirconia Ceramic Crowns
- Durable Restorations
- Safe and Comfortable Alternatives to Metal Crowns
What is a Dental Crown?
You may already be familiar with crowns, as they’re a common solution for dental damage that’s too severe for a filling. A crown is placed on top of the weakened tooth in order to hold it together or prevent it from breaking further. While they’ve been made out of metals, silvers, and golds in the past, in modern day we can offer restorations made out of Zirconia, Emax, and other high-quality ceramics. These materials mimic the way natural enamel can reflect the light, and we can color them to match the rest of your teeth.
How Do You Know If You Need a Crown?
Getting a dental crown is a very common procedure, and there are many different reasons why you might need it. We normally recommend it when:
- You have an advanced cavity that hasn’t left enough strong tooth for a filling.
- Your tooth has been broken or fractured.
- Your tooth has somehow been weakened.
- Your smile has become worn down as a result of ignoring bruxism (grinding of the teeth at night).
- You’ve just completed root canal therapy.
- You have a missing tooth and want to replace it with a dental bridge.
- You have a misshapen tooth, a stain, or another cosmetic issue that a crown could hide.
Benefits of a Dental Crown
- Smile with Confidence: A ceramic crown can be made to look just like real enamel, so it’ll be easier to show off your teeth without worrying about your damaged tooth drawing unwanted attention.
- Durability: The ceramics used to make a crown are very strong and can easily stand up to the pressures of biting and chewing. They can often last for 10 or 15 years at a time.
- Comfort: Zirconia and Emax crowns tend to be much more comfortable than metal crowns. This is especially the case for patients who are allergic or sensitive to metal.
Taking Care of Your Crown
A crown might not be a real tooth, but you still need to brush and floss it along with the rest of your smile to prevent plaque and tartar from building up. Be wary of sticky foods, as they could eventually pull the crown loose. Avoid biting down on anything hard, whether it’s certain foods such as peppermints or an object such as a pen tip.
Dental Crown FAQs
When teeth become damaged in some way, whether they are chipped, cracked, decayed, or even significantly discolored, dental crowns can both restore them and give you the confidence to smile and eat your favorite foods again. If you’ve never received crowns before or you’ve recently been told you need one and have questions, please let us know. In the meantime, take a moment to review some of the answers to the most common questions we’ve heard over the years.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Most of the time, dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years. This will vary depending on a few key factors. For example, the material the crown is made from can impact its longevity. Metal crowns can have a longer lifespan, but this is not necessarily a guarantee. The difference is often negligible when comparing metal and metal-free crowns, but we’re happy to discuss the details with you in person. What’s even more important than the material is how well you take care of your smile at home through brushing and flossing as well as your oral habits (i.e. smoking, nail-biting, grinding your teeth, biting on hard foods like ice, hard candy, etc.) Furthermore, if your crown is located on a molar vs. front teeth, it could require replacement sooner.
Do Dental Crowns Get Cavities?
It’s impossible for a dental crown to get cavities simply because they are made from inorganic materials. However, that does not necessarily mean that the teeth underneath the crowns cannot develop cavities at all. Additionally, crowned teeth are just as likely to develop cavities as teeth without crowns, so don’t assume having a crown will make it more difficult for decay to appear. This is because bacteria and plaque can form around the gum line where the tooth meets the crown, wreaking havoc on the underlying tooth. To prevent cavities in crowned teeth, stay on top of daily brushing, flossing, and routine checkups and cleanings.
What Happens If You Wait Too Long to Get a Dental Crown?
Our dentists only recommend dental crowns if you absolutely need one. After all, they require the modification of existing enamel to place, which means if we suggest it, we’re doing so to prevent any future damage to your tooth going forward. You may feel tempted to put off your procedure initially, but waiting too long can actually lead to exposing the tooth to chewing forces, food debris, and bacteria, all of which can cause the decay or damage to worsen. The tooth can eventually become so compromised that it needs root canal therapy or has to be extracted completely. To avoid these more expensive procedures later, we suggest getting a dental crown while it’s still viable.
Do Dental Crowns Feel Natural?
Within a few days of having your permanent crown placed, it should begin to feel increasingly natural. Dental crowns are designed to withstand daily chewing forces just as well as enamel. Thanks to the durable materials used to create them, you can eat your favorite foods without it feeling strange. We reshaped your tooth to ensure it would fit as comfortably as possible inside your mouth and feel just like any other tooth. Additionally, every crown is customized to fit over your tooth based on highly detailed impressions captured beforehand.