Crowns / Bridges
Dental Crowns Kitsilano
When it’s time for dental crowns in Kitsilano, visit Westcoast Smile Dental Clinic. There are a number of problems that can be addressed with Dental Crowns. You might have a tooth weak from decay that needs to be protected from breaking or you might need help holding together a cracked tooth. Often a tooth that is already broken can be restored using a crown or a tooth that has been dangerously worn down.
Sometimes, when a tooth required too large of a filling and not much of the original tooth remains, a crown can be the answer. It is possible, at times, adjacent teeth are too weak to support a bridge and this kind of intervention can help. Crowns can also be used to cover misshaped or discolored teeth (or to help make cosmetic modifications to a tooth). Whatever your needs, Dr. David Cheng and Dr. Jeffrey Norden and their staff are experts at preparing and placing Dental Crowns in Kitsilano.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A Crown is a tooth shaped cap placed over a tooth to protect it from additional damage, to strengthen or improve its appearance, or to restore it to a particular shape or size. Like a worn crown could be used to protect someone’s head, a dental crown is usually used to protect a tooth.
What is the Procedure for Placing a Crown?
Our dentists usually require two visits to place a Dental Crown in Kitsilano. During the first visit, they will numb your tooth and gums and examine and prepare the tooth for the crown. They will then take impressions of the tooth and of the teeth above or below to ensure that the Crown will fit correctly and not affect your bite. After the impressions are taken, they will put a temporary crown in place which will remain until the permanent crown is ready. During your second visit, the dentists will check the permanent crown to ensure that everything matches up correctly. If everything is right, they will fit your crown so that it stays in place.
What is the Best Dental Crown Material?
The best dental crown material can be different for every patient. Metal crowns are the most durable white porcelain dental crowns and are the closest in appearance to natural teeth. All-Resin crowns tend to last the shortest period of time while All-Ceramic crowns can be the perfect solution for patients with an allergy to metals.
How Long Does a Dental Crown Last?
Depending on your commitment to oral hygiene, regular cleanings, the material you choose, and dental maintenance your crown could last anywhere from five to fifteen years (on average).
What About Bridges?
If you are missing more than one tooth, a bridge can often provide an answer. Dr. Cheng or Dr. Norden will build a bridge of natural-looking teeth and anchor them to the already existing teeth or to a crown on one of the existing teeth.