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Ceramic Dental Crowns

Protecting your tooth with natural looking Ceramic Crowns
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Natural Looking Ceramic Crowns

If you have a tooth or teeth that are heavily filled, broken down, in a weakened state or even just unsightly, ceramic crowns may be an option for you. A crown protects the structure of your tooth, by protecting the remaining tooth structure. Molar and premolar teeth that have undergone endodontic (root canal) treatment are often in a weakened state and are often recommended to be crowned as they may be more prone to fracture following the removal of the nerve canal contents.

At CDIC, we recommend that a tooth with a restoration (filling) that makes up 50 percent or more of the overall tooth structure be considered for a crown. Too often patients present for the first time with a broken tooth or ‘lost’ crown because it was left too late. Following careful inspection, we believe that this happens when the decision to ‘crown’ the tooth was left until too late and the amount of original tooth structure was compromised and the filling was too large. It’s quite a simple concept to understand, one of the most important factors contributing to the strength of a crown is the amount of natural tooth structure remaining……. so, the answer is – DON’T WAIT TOO LONG BEFORE CONSIDERING A CROWN FOR THAT HEAVILY FILLED TOOTH.

Benefits of Ceramic Crowns

  • Strength– Crowns support teeth by covering the entire biting surface.
  • Rebuilding– A tooth protected with a ceramic crown restores its natural shape and feel. Form and function are restored.
  • Appearance–Ceramic crowns can significantly enhance your smile – a minor change can make a marked improvement in the shape and colour of your teeth and contribiute to a better smile.

Teeth that are to be crowned require careful assessment. It is imperative to rule out any decay or nerve damage as well as examine the periodontium (gum health) of the tooth. It may also be recommended that a tooth be assessed by an Endodontist (root canal specialist) prior to crowning to ensure that every effort has been exhausted to rule out future problems with the tooth, although this can never be guranteed.

Where a tooth to be crowned has part of its filling material below the ‘gumline’, it may also be necessary that the tooth undergo a ‘Crown Lengthening’ procedure and short healing period before the tooth is prepared for its crown.

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