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Mississauga dentist explains the benefits of crowns

No one plans to break or chip a tooth. When dental trauma occurs, you want it to be addressed effectively and efficiently. You will need to visit a dentist for a dental restoration. A dental crown covers and restores a broken tooth. Located in Mississauga, Dr. Rina Kotecha and the team at Dentistry on 10 offer crowns to address damaged teeth and to improve your smile.

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What are dental crowns?

You may have heard of crowns but may not understand their full significance until you have damaged a tooth. A crown is essentially a protective cap that covers a tooth. It may be used to cover a cracked or broken tooth, a dental implant, or a natural tooth after a root canal treatment. As a fixed dental device, the crown is cemented onto the natural tooth or over the dental implant. This creates a sturdy restoration that functionally restores the tooth and aesthetically completes the smile. Unlike dentures which may be removable, crowns cannot be removed once they are adhered in their proper position.

Dental crowns improve the appearance and function of decayed, chipped, or fractured teeth. Aesthetically speaking, a crown improves the appearance of a cracked, discolored, or misshapen tooth. It is used only on a single tooth to cover and restore the tooth. Made of different materials including gold, stainless steel, or porcelain, your dentist will determine the appropriate material for your dental needs.

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Before a crown is placed, the tooth itself and the surrounding structures are assessed for damage. The tooth is then prepared. The damaged portion of the tooth is removed, but the integrity of the tooth and the root remain intact. Impressions are taken. Traditional porcelain crowns are created by an off-site laboratory using the impressions and the dentist’s notes regarding the size, shape, and color of the teeth. This ensures a natural-looking result. Once the crown has been fabricated, it is cemented into place.

A broken or damaged tooth disrupts the balance of the mouth. Crowns complete the smile’s appearance but also restore the structural balance. These restorations strengthen the natural tooth, correct dental issues, and improve functionality. The bite is corrected so patients can eat and speak normally. The crown can withstand the pressures of a natural tooth. Oral care for crowns is the same as for natural teeth. Good oral hygiene such as proper brushing and flossing ensures the longevity of your restoration.

Benefits of crowns

Although we all hope to maintain our natural teeth, life happens. Problems or injuries due to decay or trauma may occur. Tooth damage and even tooth loss are possible. Dental crowns correct the problem, restore your smile, and have a number of benefits as dental restorations.

  • Natural appearance – When porcelain crowns are used as restorations, they are designed and created to blend with the surrounding teeth. They are matched to the adjacent teeth in color, shape, and size. To the general public, the crown looks like a natural tooth.
  • Feels natural – Once the crown has been placed, it fits comfortably as part of your tooth and mouth. Not only will your friends be unaware that the crown is not an actual tooth, but you will be unaware of it as well.
  • Functions naturally – When a tooth is structurally damaged, the balance of the mouth is disrupted. The bite changes. The adjacent teeth may shift. Some people alter the way they eat or speak to try to balance the disruption. Crowns restore a natural chewing surface so the teeth can function naturally. With a crown in place, the other teeth cannot change positions which keeps the mouth healthy.
  • Provides protection – A crown protects and restores a tooth to keep it from further damage. It maintains the health of the natural tooth.
  • Safe – Porcelain is a safe material for patient use. It bonds to the natural tooth making it an effective cover.

Your dentist’s goal is to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible. Preserving the natural tooth structure is preferred as it maintains more overall health benefits. Dental crowns allow dentists to protect the health of your teeth and the health of your mouth.

Restore your teeth with dental crowns. Contact Dr. Rina Kotecha and the team at Dentistry on 10 in Mississauga, ON to schedule your appointment. Call (905) 455-9262.

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Dr. Rina Kotecha is a graduate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She possesses 19 years of expertise in the dentistry field specializing in general dentistry. She has further qualifications from the MGE Executive Training Program and Master Implant Training Program while holding certification in Soft Tissue Management Program by DenMat. She completed the Rondeau Seminars in Level I Orthodontics and she is an active member of the Ontario Dental Association and Ontario Dental Implant Network.