Dental Crowns in Burnaby, BC
Have you considered a dental crown in Burnaby, BC to support your damaged tooth?
Just like having the right equipment to wear when you’re playing sports or performing a specific activity, having the correct dental restoration is necessary to support and repair a damaged tooth. The type of dental restoration that will work best for you depends not only on your condition but also on the location of your tooth.
When you come to Central Park Dental Clinic, you can expect accuracy, quality, and precision from your dentist in Burnaby, BC. We will perform a full evaluation of any dental conditions and provide you with a treatment plan that supports your oral health and the longevity of your smile.
Additionally, dental crowns have a variety of uses across dentistry. We invite you to continue reading to learn more.
- What is a tooth crown?
- When do I need a dental crown?
- Will I need a tooth crown if I have root canal therapy?
- What materials make up a dental crown?
- Will my dental crown look natural?
- Is the dental crown process complex?
- How do I take care of my dental crown?
What is a tooth crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cover that goes over a treated tooth or a dental implant abutment. It is designed to match your surrounding teeth in shade and in shape. It is unlikely that anyone will guess that you have a dental crown. When you speak and laugh, people will only see a beautiful tooth in symmetry with your smile.
When do I need a dental crown?
When you have small areas of decay, a dental filling might be enough to get the job done, but if you have severe damage to your tooth such as a crack, fracture, or deep decay, we may recommend a dental crown to treat your condition.
If you have a root infection that requires root canal therapy or if you have damage to your tooth, a dental crown provides support following treatment.
Additional uses for dental crowns include capping a dental implant post and providing anchor support for a dental bridge.
A dental bridge is an artificial tooth or teeth situated between two dental crowns—one on either side. The crowns cap healthy teeth, allowing the restorations to fill the space.
Because a dental crown fits over your entire tooth structure, it supplies the very best support available to protect your teeth. If you think about it, your teeth absorb a tremendous amount of force every day from routine activities such as eating. Especially on one of your molars, your teeth responsible for most of the chewing, a simple filling may not be enough to do the trick.
Your Burnaby dentist provides an exam to make sure that a dental crown is the best option for you.
Will I need a tooth crown if I have root canal therapy?
We rely on root canal therapy to treat root infections. Root infection is an infection of the root and pulp of a tooth. In the early stages, you may not notice any symptoms, but without treatment, you may experience:
- Severe toothache
- Blister on the gum
- Jaw pain and swelling
- Face swelling
A root infection can quickly turn into a dental emergency, which is why we recommend contacting your dentist at the first sign of distress or ongoing tooth sensitivity.
Root canal therapy involves gently clearing away the infected root and pulp. Your dentist may then fill the tooth with a healing agent and temporary filling. During your next dental visit, your dentist provides a permanent filling or a dental crown.
We typically recommend a dental crown if the root infection has compromised the stability of your tooth.
What materials make up a dental crown?
Dental crowns in Burnaby come in a wide variety of materials:
- Porcelain and noble metal
- Other metals
The type of material that will work best for your unique case depends on the location of your tooth, your lifestyle habits such as grinding, and whether it is a permanent tooth.
Dr. Chan, Dr. Rensen, Dr. Chu, or Dr. Day will evaluate your case and provide a recommendation that will work best for you.
Will my dental crown look natural?
At Central Park Dental clinic, we rely on top labs to fabricate our quality dental crowns. And your dentist in Burnaby always makes final adjustments, seeing to the fit, function, and look of your new dental restoration.
Further, we make sure that your crown is coloured to match your smile and that the shape blends in easily with adjacent teeth.
With your new tooth crown, you’ll be able to smile with confidence, enjoy your favourite foods, and count on a seamless finish.
Our patients have been pleased with their results, and we think you will be too.
Is the dental crown process complex?
Drs. Chan, Rensen, Chu, and Day all have years of experience prepping and placing strong, attractive dental crowns. While your dental crown procedure does require expertise, skills, and precision, your treatment should feel completely comfortable.
We will begin by removing any dental decay that could disrupt the integrity of your tooth. Next, we will prepare your remaining tooth structure to make room for your crown. This is the point where we would add a post and core, if necessary, to stabilize your tooth further.
Once we prep your tooth, we will provide you with a temporary crown until your custom crown, taken from a direct impression of your smile, comes back from our trusted dental lab. After we receive your permanent dental crown, we will attach it to your tooth and make any final necessary adjustments to ensure a proper fit.
The process is not painful, and you’ll be left with a stable and attractive tooth.
How do I take care of my dental crown?
Caring for a dental crown requires the same management you use for natural teeth—no added steps.
You brush and floss as usual and visit your dentist regularly for dental health checks and teeth cleanings.
If your dental crowns anchor a dental bridge, however, you will need a small toothbrush and floss threader to clean beneath the bridge—near the gums.
If you have bruxism—grinding and clenching your teeth—ask your dentist about a nightguard. Bruxism can wear away enamel, lead to breakage and tooth loss, and even damage your tooth crown or dental bridge. When competing athletically, you should also wear a mouthguard that fits your smile. This helps protect your crown, implant, bridge, and natural teeth from impact injuries.
It’s important to remember that restorations, including dental implants, crowns and bridges, do not protect you from periodontal disease. This disease can lead to tooth loss and loss of your restorative dentistry. Fortunately, an excellent oral hygiene routine and regular dental visits significantly lower your risks for periodontal disease, infections, decay, and tooth loss.
At Central Park Dental Clinic, we want you to enjoy a comfortable smile and help you get the most out of your restorative dentistry.
Are You Ready to Schedule a Dental Exam at Our Burnaby Office?
Call our Burnaby, BC dental office to schedule your next evaluation. Be sure to let us know if you have any conditions you would like us to examine so that we can help your smile stay comfortable and healthy for many years to come.
If you have tooth sensitivity or symptoms of a root infection, do not wait.