Dental Crowns Kitchener

At Victoria Family Dental, we're dedicated to providing your family with a comprehensive range of dental services to meet your oral health needs. One of the many services we offer is the placement of dental crowns.

Dental crowns are a versatile and effective solution for a variety of dental issues, supporting and strengthening teeth.

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns, often referred to as caps, are custom-made restorations that cover a damaged or compromised tooth. These crowns mimic natural teeth and can be used both in restorative dentistry to add strength to teeth, and in cosmetic dentistry for aesthetic concerns. At Victoria Family Dental, we offer a range of dental crowns in Kitchener, to provide our patients with choices.

Dental Crown Types: Material Choices

Dental crowns are available in a variety of materials to help them meet an individual's needs. Each crown type offers different advantages.

Porcelain crowns are ideal for front teeth where aesthetics may be a higher priority. They are translucent and very realistic. They are not as durable as metal crowns, so may not be preferred for molars.

Gold crowns are highly durable and well-suited for back molars that face heavy biting forces. Some patients choose to avoid the metallic appearance of gold crowns, especially on front teeth.

Other options include porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, which offer a balance of benefits, although a thin metal band may be visible, and zirconia crowns, which are extremely strong and natural looking, too.

What Dental Issues Do Crowns Treat?

Dental crowns are a versatile solution; we use them to address a wide range of dental issues.

Tooth Decay

When a significant portion of a tooth's structure is severely damaged by substantial decay, a dental crown can be used to restore its strength and appearance, and protect it from further damage. Even with fillings, heavily decayed teeth often need the extra support of crowns.

Cracked or Broken Teeth

Teeth that are cracked, chipped, or fractured can be restored with dental crowns. Crowns add structural support and protect the tooth.

Weak or Worn Teeth

Teeth that have been weakened by grinding, excessive wear, erosion, or multiple or complex dental procedures can benefit from the protection of crowns to extend their lifespan. For example, after a root canal procedure, a dental crown is often placed over the treated tooth to protect it.

Tooth Replacement

A crown is also used as the prosthetic tooth portion of a dental implant.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental crowns are also used cosmetically to cover teeth with discoloration, shape, or size concerns, including covering a tooth that has stained, gold, or amalgam fillings, which cannot be addressed by teeth whitening.

The Benefits of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are popular for both restorative and cosmetic dental procedures, and for good reason.

The options in material choices make them versatile. A ceramic or porcelain crown can be chosen to match or correct the colour, shape, and translucency of natural teeth, while metal crowns can be chosen for added strength and durability. Crowns have the flexibility to treat and restore damaged teeth, correct aesthetic imperfections, or both.

Regardless of the specific material, crowns are made to last a long time, and, with proper care, can last for many years, making them a cost-effective restoration. Because they protect teeth, they also reduce the likelihood of other oral health issues down the road, and needing more complex dental work.

The Dental Crown Procedure

Victoria Family Dental places dental crowns in Kitchener for our patients, conveniently in our office.

Our dentist will start by assessing your dental health, and will recommend a dental crown if needed to support a tooth. If you are interested in a crown for cosmetic reasons, let us know, and we can discuss your options.

Your treatment options and dental crown choices will be discussed with you fully, and a personalized treatment plan developed. The material for the dental crown will be chosen in consultation with you, to meet your needs.

Tooth Preparation

To allow the crown to fit on your tooth, our dentist will remove a tiny layer of the tooth enamel. An impression of your prepared tooth is then taken, so a custom crown can be made from it. While your permanent crown is being crafted, a temporary crown will be placed on your tooth to protect it.

Permanent Crown Placement

A second visit is needed to place the final, custom crown. Our dentist will confirm it is a good fit, and make any necessary adjustments to ensure your bite is comfortable.

Aftercare and Maintenance

Proper care and oral hygiene will help your crown last a long time. Although the tooth is protected, you still need to practice good oral hygiene to keep the tooth and gums healthy. Daily brushing and flossing is necessary. Be sure to schedule regular dental check-ups for professional cleanings and checkups, too. This allows your dentist to monitor your crown.

Avoid biting hard objects, chewing ice, or using your teeth as a tool, to prevent damaging your crown.

Book an Appointment Today

If you're experiencing dental issues or are interested in cosmetic enhancements, dental crowns may be a solution for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discover how Victoria Family Dental can help.