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Dental Crowns in Thunder Bay

Dental crowns play a crucial role in the field of restorative dentistry, offering significant enhancements in the strength, aesthetics, and durability of your teeth.
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A dental crown, often referred to as a “cap,” is utilized to cover a tooth that has experienced breakage, undergone root canal treatment, exhibited staining, suffered from decay, or has an irregular shape. These dental crowns are meticulously crafted and tailored to seamlessly integrate with the colour and shape of your natural teeth, boasting a potential lifespan of over 15 years. Additionally, dental crowns may serve various purposes, such as supporting a dental bridge, capping a dental implant, or fulfilling specific cosmetic or aesthetic requirements.

What’s The Process Of Getting A Crown?

A dental crown procedure usually requires two office visits and is performed by a dentist. Here is how we go about it:

Examining and preparing the tooth

Just like any other dental procedure, the process starts with a dental examination. During this exam, the dentist will assess and clean your teeth to ensure they are ready for a smooth placement. If a tooth is broken or significantly affected by decay, any damaged portions will be removed to allow the dental crown to effectively protect the tooth from further decay.

Shaping the Crown

Following that, we will use dental putty to create an impression of your teeth, which will serve as the basis for crafting porcelain crowns. During this process, you will receive a temporary dental crown that will be fitted onto your teeth until your next appointment. In the event that you are considering replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant, we will also take an impression of the implant and the neighbouring teeth. This impression will be utilized by our laboratory to produce a personalized crown specifically designed for you.

Placing the Crown

During your second appointment, we will remove the temporary crown and place the permanent crown. The crown will be securely affixed using durable dental cement or a discreet screw. To complete the procedure, we will polish the crown and make any necessary adjustments to ensure your comfort and a perfect fit.

Cost Of Dental Crowns In Thunder Bay

The out-of-pocket cost for a dental crown can vary widely from patient to patient. With a typical insurance plan a single crown averages out to about $200 to $600+. Without insurance, a reasonable ball-park figure for a crown would be about $800 to $1200 and up. To get your mouth looking and feeling normal again, most people feel that a dental crown is an easy decision but the cost may still give you pause.

So what goes into determining the cost of a dental crown?
  • The type of crown and the material that is used.
  • The location and complexity of the procedure.
  • The number of crowns that may be required.
  • Combining the crown with other dental appliances like bridges.
  • Supplies and equipment that are required for your specific treatment.

Remember, no dental practice can provide an accurate quote over the phone. Your needs are as unique as your smile. It’s essential to speak with a dentist and undergo an oral exam to explore all your treatment options and receive an accurate quote. If you have dental insurance, we will gladly provide a quote for you to submit to them, allowing you to determine your out-of-pocket costs before making a decision.

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Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you need a crown after a root canal depends largely on the location of the tooth. Molars and premolars at the back of the mouth, which are essential for chewing, typically require crowns. In contrast, incisors and canines, which are not used for chewing, do not always need crowns.

One difference between a crown vs filling is that a crown is much more durable for teeth with a large biting surface. Repeated pressure from chewing or from habitual clenching can cause fillings on the biting surfaces of molars to chip or come loose. A crown, being a single unbroken surface from gumline to gumline, is designed to take much more force over a longer period of time.

Dental crowns serve two vital functions in your mouth. Firstly, they fully restore the function of your tooth, allowing you to close your teeth and chew without pain, discomfort, or the need to compensate by chewing on one side. Secondly, crowns are designed to seamlessly blend with your natural teeth. They are colored and contoured to match your aesthetic, making it easy to forget which tooth has the crown.

A post isn’t quite a dental implant (which is surgically implanted in the jaw bone) but it is exactly what it sounds like: a medical-grade post that may be cemented into a prepared root-canal to reinforce the base and core of a dental crown. Dental posts are only used if there isn’t enough healthy tooth left over to reliably hold a crown.

Getting a crown, depending on the condition of your tooth, can feel similar to getting a filling. We take our time to carefully numb the area and use freezing as needed to ensure the procedure is painless. You might experience some sensitivity or soreness in the gums around the tooth for a short time afterward. If you feel anxious about visiting the dentist, let us know! We would love to ease your mind and make your experience as comfortable as possible.

In most cases, dental crowns can last up to 15 years. However, if they are properly maintained, they can last for 25-30 years.

A dental crown is maintained just like a natural tooth. Regular brushing and flossing keep your dental crown – and the supporting gum around it – healthy and clean. Regular cleanings and checkups at your dentist are essential to your oral health.

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