Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Crowns
Before we start discussing the pros and cons of dental crowns, let’s briefly look at the purpose dental crowns serve and their different types.
Dental crowns can be described as a cap covering the top part of the tooth exposed in the oral cavity. The tooth consists of a crown which is seen in the mouth, and the root is embedded into the alveolar bone.
Our teeth are continuously exposed to the oral environment, the foods we eat and the beverages we drink. Faulty oral hygiene practices also harm the teeth structures leading to the accumulation of bacterial-laden plaque. This can cause various dental infections like dental cavities. Once a tooth gets involved in dental cavities, it becomes essential to remove the decay and restore the tooth with dental decay. However, at times, the decay can be too advanced, and regular dental fillings are not enough to restore the tooth’s shape, size, and functionality. In such cases, our Brampton dentist will advise you to go for a dental crown. The decayed and infected tooth part is removed with the help of dental drills, and later a dental crown is fitted on top of the tooth to rebuild it.
Our Brampton dentist will also suggest you undergo a dental crown treatment if you have recently undergone a root canal treatment. Root canal treatments are known to weaken the tooth slightly, and loss of the top portion of the tooth can compromise its functionality. In such cases, a dental crown efficiently restores the tooth to its previous glory.
Types of Dental Crowns
Owing to the vast advances in dental sciences, long gone are the days when the only option was getting a metal crown. Now you can get much superior and natural-looking tooth-colored dental crowns in Brampton at our iSmile Dental Centre. Dental crowns can be of the following types –
- Metal crowns – various metals like gold, chromium, nickel and palladium are used to make dental crowns.
- Porcelain fused to metal – in these dental crowns, the core of the crown is made of metal, and the outer surface is coated with tooth-colored porcelain or ceramic.
- All-Ceramic dental crowns – where the entire crown is made of ceramic.
- Zirconia– Zirconia is one of the most superior and strongest dental materials used for making dental crowns. It can be manipulated to look exactly like natural teeth and provides excellent aesthetics as well as functionality.
- Composite resin dental crowns.
Advantages of Dental Crowns
Now that we have seen why a dental crown is advised let’s look at some of the pros of getting a dental crown in Brampton.
- A dental crown provides strength to a decayed and weakened tooth, ensuring its longevity in the mouth.
- Dental crowns are also used to restore the shape, size and aesthetics of the teeth.
- Dental crowns can hold a broken and fractured tooth together and prevent further damage.
- Dental crowns, especially all-ceramic and zirconia crowns, are manipulated to match the shade of the natural teeth. They look aesthetically superior and restores your smile to its full glory. Moreover, these materials provide excellent strength to the tooth structure and restore functionality like chewing capabilities as well as speech.
- Dental crowns elegantly restore dental implants.
- Dental crowns also restore a tooth after a root canal treatment to rebuild its strength and functionality.
- It can also improve discolored, severely misshapen and cracked teeth.
- Dental crowns are strong and durable and last a long time with proper care.
Disadvantages of Dental Crowns
However, with advantages, there also come certain disadvantages that are associated with dental crowns.
- Our dentist will reshape and remove some of your natural tooth structure to create space for a dental crown. A tooth has to be prepared, and this is the permanent procedure for it to be fitted with a dental crown.
- Some patients have reported having temporary tooth sensitivity after the procedure to hot and cold food substances. This, however, goes away with time. Your Brampton dentist at iSmile Dental Centre may also prescribe you special toothpaste to help you overcomes this issue.
- Dental crowns are fitted with the help of dental cement. Dental cement can wear off with time if proper care is not given and the dental crown may dislodge or come off.
- You may experience some pain and sensitivity to pressure initially after receiving a dental crown. You may also face some initial discomfort as it takes a little time to get adjusted to the new feeling.
- Dental crowns can become chipped and cracked under undue heavy forces. If you have porcelain fused to metal crowns, the coating may come off after some time.
- In cases of faulty oral hygiene practices, your tooth may get reinfected with dental caries near the crown margin.
- You may also have some gum recession at the crown margin. However, all this can be easily prevented by following good oral hygiene and scheduling regular appointments at the dental clinic.
- Dental crowns are expensive, especially if you are opting for zirconia or all-ceramic dental crowns in Brampton.
Dental crowns not only protect your teeth, but also improve your oral functions and aesthetics. Now that you know about the procedure, pros and cons of dental crowns, you can take an informed decision with regards to your oral health. However, if you have any more questions or would like to know more about our services, please reach out to us. Our team of excellent dental professionals will be there to answer all our questions and assist you to a better oral health.