Tooth Repair Calgary: Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges

Your teeth is a sensitive part of your body. Corrective treatments such as our tooth repair treatments are needed when you experience serious issues with your teeth. Restorative and cosmetic dental treatments that are designed to be safe and comfortable.

Dental Crowns

Dental model (with different treatments) to show tooth repair Calgary services of dental crowns.

Dental model showing different types of treatments (gold crown, porcelain veeners, gold inlays, amalgam and composite fillings)

A crown is a sheath that covers your existing tooth. The crown can restore the tooth to its original shape and size while also strengthening and protecting the tooth underneath the crown. Whether from decay, a fracture or a previously failed restoration (e.g. fillings), a dental crown can help restore your teeth and even your smile. But for that you have to go through the experience one like Tooth Crown Calgary.

There are several types of dental crowns available and they can provide a great solution for damaged teeth.

Types of Dental Crowns

All-metal

All-metal crowns are created entirely out of metal. While the classic all-metal appears gold in coloration, other types of dental alloys, some of which have a ‘silver’ colour, may also be used.

Metal crowns are typically chosen for those applications where greater strength is required and cosmetic appearance is not a concern.

All-ceramic

All-ceramic crowns are made entirely out of some type of dental ceramic such as porcelain. When they’re created, most types are handmade by a dental technician but some may be milled out of a block of ceramic by a machine. Both techniques have their own advantages.

All-ceramics are typically placed in those situations where appearance or aesthetics is a big concern (front teeth). Historically the primary disadvantage of these is that they’re not as strong as all-metal crowns but advancement in technologies and materials now allow patients to choose much more durable all ceramic options.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal

Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns (PFM crowns) can be thought of as a combination of all-metal and all-ceramic crowns. When PFMs are made, porcelain is fused to an underlying metal substructure in a high-heat furnace.

While in the past PFMs were the most common crown restoration, the underlying metal substructure does not allow light to pass through porcelain. This will make a PFM less translucent and make it difficult to match an existing natural tooth.

The result is often an opaque or flat-looking tooth. These types of traditional crowns may also leave a dark or grey line next to the gum line. This line is actually formed not from the metal showing but from the effect of blocking the light into the remaining tooth structure.

The facts about porcelain

All-porcelain crowns have a polish and shine similar to dental enamel.

Additionally, because dental porcelains now have the same hardness as tooth enamel, the crown is very durable. To take advantage of the maximum lifespan of your porcelain crowns, just treat them like you would treat your original teeth. Good oral hygiene, regular check-ups and cleanings will get the most mileage from your porcelain crown restoration.

No dental restoration will stand up to excessive wear from grinding and clenching. Even all-gold crowns can be worn down and will not last forever. We unfortunately do not have permanent dental materials. If you are a clencher or grinder, you can discuss with your dentist how to protect your teeth for your lifetime.

Will the crown look natural?

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All-ceramic crowns can look and function like natural teeth. Over the years, crown technology has improved and older, less natural-looking crowns can be replaced with new ones. But for that you have to choose the perfect one to do it. Dental Crown Calgary can be considered here.  They are a good treatment when the decay or damage is so extensive that filling materials cannot make the tooth strong enough. Crowns are usually made of gold or can be made of porcelain, or a combination of both.

Porcelain crowns can be carefully matched in colour to look like your natural teeth. Many people choose porcelain crowns for their cosmetic appearance and the confidence it gives them. New materials are now available that allow the use of “all-ceramic” crowns.

Some people prefer not to use gold because it stands out from their other teeth. At the same time, if the crown is on a back molar, some people feel the cosmetic issue is not a big one. We will discuss the types of materials available with you if a crown is recommended.

Crown maintenance

Once you receive your crown, make sure the area is well maintained by brushing and flossing below the gum line. While the crown protects your tooth from more decay, you have to protect the base of the crown from bacterial growth and gum disease. Regular brushing and flossing will help keep your crown and the surrounding gums healthy and strong.

How much does a dental crown cost?

Because every case is unique, please come in for a consultation so that Dr. Westersund can go over the treatment options and costs with you.

Does my dental plan pay for crowns?

Your Dental Benefit package is a benefit created for you by your employer. The employer determines the extent of dental benefits they will supplement. It is different for all patients.

For a more detailed understanding of your dental benefit coverage, contact our office and we can try to help you understand your benefits package.

The difference between a dental crown and a dental bridge

A dental crown covers a single tooth. A dental bridge actually bridges the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap. These two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth, and a false tooth/teeth are placed between them. All of these parts are made into one unit that is cemented or bonded over the gap caused by a missing tooth.

How much does a dental bridge cost?

Because every case is unique, please come in for a consultation so that Dr. Westersund can go over the treatment options and costs with you.

When and why are bridges used?

If you have one or more missing teeth, the remaining teeth can drift out of position. This may lead to a change in the bite, the loss of more teeth, decay and gum disease.

When tooth loss occurs, downtown Calgary dentist Dr. Westersund may recommend the placement of a dental bridge. Designed to replace missing teeth and support surrounding teeth, a bridge is a grouping of interconnected crowns. Held in place by teeth on either side of the gap, a bridge can reduce the movement or tipping of teeth into the gap and may help correct bite issues caused by missing a tooth.

How are bridges constructed?

Dr. Westersund will shape and prepare your teeth on each side of the space that’s receiving crowns. He then will make an impression of the area that will be sent to a Dental Laboratory. A temporary bridge is formed and fitted in the prepared area until the bridge is back from the Dental Laboratory.

During your next visit (typically about a week later), the temporary bridge will be removed and the permanent fixed bridge will be placed, adjusted and cemented into place.

What are the results with bridges?

Once the bridgework is cemented, you can once again enjoy your favourite foods with confidence. Bridgework allows you to avoid the sunken-in appearance caused by missing teeth and stabilizes the area of the dental arch to give you a more youthful appearance. You’ll be able to smile once again with more confidence. In fact the result depends on the expereice of your dentist also. Here Calgary Dental Bridge can keep you ahead let you have a perfect bridge of your teeth.

What other options are out there?

Sometimes a bridge is not the treatment of choice. Your options include a dental implant, a removable partial denture, or to simply do nothing.

Our office will go over all options with you when you visit us for a consultation.

Tooth Repair Calgary: Dr. Westersund offers long-term corrective dental solutions

If your missing teeth is starting to impact your well-being, come and see us for tooth repair services in Calgary. Don’t put off corrective dental treatments. Fixing your teeth is important for not only your oral health but for your mind and body wellness. At Dentalife, we are dedicated with providing you with the safest and most comfortable option for damaged teeth. Schedule a consultation or call us at 403 262-9898 today!