Who should consider Dental Crowns?

  • People with a broken or severely worn down tooth
  • People who have undergone a root canal procedure
  • People whose tooth has been severely weakened by decay
  • People with a severely discolored or mishapen tooth

Dental Crown Ottawa

 A radiant smile is a strong and healthy smile. If you have a tooth that is cracked, broken, or severely discolored, you may be in need of a dental crown. Dr. Oueis, your Ottawa dental crown specialist will ensure that your smile is strong enough to reflect a lifetime of happiness.

What is a Dental Crown?

Well Ottawa, a dental crown is a tooth restoration that is placed over a tooth to restore functionality and prevent further damage. Dental crowns, or tooth crowns, are hollow tooth-shaped 'caps' that are safely bonded to the injured tooth and protect the entire part of the tooth that is visible above the gumline. 

Dental 'Caps': Dental crowns are sometimes referred to as dental caps as the cover the top of a tooth much like a baseball cap covers the top of your head. In many cases, a crown is used to protect an already weakened tooth. In this case, a crown serves as more of a helmet than a cap. In either case, dental caps help protect your teeth so you can keep on smiling as big as you want to.

When is a Dental Crown Needed?

Crowns are often used to protect teeth that have been weakened by severe tooth decay. These restorations are also used to repair teeth that are broken, cracked or severely worn down.

When a tooth is mishapen or severely discolored, dental crowns can be used for cosmetic reasons to make your smile more unified and esthetically pleasing. 

Crowns are also used in conjunction with other restorations such as implants and bridges. Dental crowns are used to cover the titanium screw of a dental implant to provide a natural looking appearance. Whereas when used with a dental bridge, the crown's purpose is the stabilize the entire restoration. If you live in Ottawa and think you may be a candidate for a dental crown, call Carling Dental (613) 722-7272
Lyon & Glebe Dental (613) 233-2000
to book your FREE consult today!

Types of Dental Crowns

A variety of materials can be used to make dental crowns. Dr. Oueis, your Ottawa dentist, at Oueis Dentistry will explain which options are best suited for your treatment during your appointment. Here we have listed some of the options available for crowns in Ottawa.

  • Metal Crowns: Metal tooth crowns are the most durable and long lasting of all materials. The wear on opposing teeth is minimal and the need to remove tooth structure is less. The obvious drawback is the metallic hue. However, metal crowns are a good choice for back molars.
  • All-Ceramic/All-Porcelain Crowns: All-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns are the most natural in appearance and provide the best color match to your teeth. However, they are not as strong as other materials such as porcelain-fused to metal crowns.
  • Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crowns: Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can also be matched to your tooth color, and are the next best material providing natural looking results. The metal adds a durability factor, making them a good choice for front and back teeth.
  • All-Resin Crowns: All-resin crowns are the least expensive of all the materials. However, they wear down over time and are more susceptible to fractures.
  • Temporary Dental Crowns: Temporary crowns are made by Dr. Oueis, your Ottawa dentist, in Oueis Dentistry for you while you wait for your permanent dental crown to be completed in our laboratory.

Dental Crown Procedure

In order to begin your dental crown procedure Dr. Oueis, your Ottawa dentist, will first determine your candidacy and whether or not additional dental work must be done to the affected area to support the crown. For example, you may need a root canal if there is extensive decay. 

Dr. Oueis, your Ottawa dentist, will numb the area to be treated. Once the anesthetics have kicked in, the surfaces of your tooth will be filed down to allow for the dental crown to be placed. If your tooth is lacking in one area as a result of decay, Dr. Oueis will build up that area with dental bond to support the dental crown.

Once your area is prepped for the dental crown, an impression is taken of the area and sent to the dental lab for the crown to be created. 

Dr. Oueis at Oueis Dentistry in Ottawa will create a temporary crown for you in to cover and protect the affected area while your permanent dental crown is being made. 

Once your permanent crown is ready, it will be placed by Dr. Oueis, your Ottawa dentist, and checked for fit and comfort. The permanent crown is then bonded into place and your smile is complete!

Dental Crown Cost

The cost of a dental crown will vary depending on the area being treated, the location and experience of the dentist, the materials used to create the dental crown, and whether or not you are covered by dental insurance.

Most dental insurance companies  in Ottawa cover the cost of dental implants as it is more often a restorative procedure rather than cosmetic. Check with your insurance for more information on whether your policy covers the cost of a crown procedure. 

Sometimes, dental insurance companies will cover a percentage of the cost of crowns. Call Carling Dental (613) 722-7272
Lyon & Glebe Dental (613) 233-2000
to book your appointment with Dr. Oueis at Oueis Dentistry in Ottawa today.

Dental Crown Problems

As the anesthetic begins to wear off, you may experience some sensitivity around the treated area. Brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste such as Sensodyne may help ease this minor discomfort. 

If you experience sensitivity when biting down, this may indicate that the dental crown is sitting too high on the tooth and can be easily fixed by Dr. Oueis at Oueis Dentistry

Sometimes tooth crowns made of porcelain develop chips. Usually the chip can be easily repaired with composite resin. However if the chip is severe, the crown may require replacing.

If your crown feels loose, contact Dr. Oueis at Oueis Dentistry to have your dental crown re-cemented. Sometimes the dental cement washes out from under the crown. This is an easy fix. However, you don't want to allow bacteria to leak under the restoration and cause decay. 

Dr. Oueis, your Ottawa dentist, at Oueis Dentistry has the necessary experience in dental crown dentistry to ensure your smile remains strong and healthy for a lifetime. We know our Ottawa patients have many years worth of smiles ahead and so we want to ensure you are ready to enjoy every occasion life has to offer. Smile more! Smile bigger with Dr. Oueis at Oueis Dentistry!

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