Dental Crowns Collingwood
What is a Dental Crown?
Getting a Dental Crown in Collingwood is a great option for a damaged tooth. A Dental Crown, also known as a Tooth Crown or Tooth Cap, is a custom made ‘cap’ that covers a weak or damaged tooth. The Dental Crown covers the tooth to restore its strength, size, and shape. In turn, the tooth’s function and appearance is also restored.
The treatment typically starts with an examination by Dr. Sarah to establish a diagnosis and create a treatment plan. If a Dental/Tooth Crown is needed, you would then be scheduled back to start the treatment.
If you’re interested in getting a Dental Crown in Collingwood, feel free to give us a call, email us, or visit us at 1 Huron Street, Collingwood, Ontario.
Dental Crowns can be made from a variety
of materials including:
These materials are generally easy to maintain and last many years if cemented and treated correctly. Our dentists at Collingwood Family Dental will be able to provide you with options for Dental Crown materials and suggest which ones would be the best fit for your specific situation.
As a Family Dentist in Collingwood, it’s important that our dentists offer Dental Crowns for patients of all ages. Our team of dental professionals would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you have about getting a Dental Crown in Collingwood.
What Are the Different Types of Crowns and Crown Material?
Permanent crowns can be made from a variety of materials. Each material has its benefits and drawbacks. Our dentists at Collingwood Family Dental will be able to walk you through the different types of Dental Crowns and which of these may be best suited for your situation.
Here are the main types of Dental Crowns:
– Gold Crowns
Gold crowns are actually created with a combination of metals such as copper, nickel, and chromium. Gold crowns are known for being extremely strong and durable. Due to their strength and durability, Gold crowns are often recommended for posterior restorations. However, they are not often chosen for anterior teeth due to their gold color and aesthetics.
Pro’s of Gold Crowns:
- Strength and High Resistance
- Long-lasting if maintained properly
- Less natural tooth structure needs to be removed
- Slower wear rate than other crown materials
- A popular choice for posterior teeth
Con’s of Gold Crowns:
- Less than ideal aesthetics (unless you like Gold!)
- Chance of allergic reactions to metals
- Can be more expensive depending on the dental lab & dental office
– Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain crowns are today’s most popular crown material and are typically made entirely of porcelain material. Porcelain crowns are also a great option for those that are allergic to metals that may be used in other types of crown materials. Porcelain crowns can be used for both posterior and anterior teeth as they are aesthetically pleasing and are designed to mimic the tooth’s natural colour and shade.
Pro’s of Porcelain Crowns:
- Offer the most natural appearance
- Matches well with neighboring teeth when considering colour and shade
- The best option for anterior (front) teeth restorations
- Non-metal based so it’s a safe option for those with allergies to certain metals
Con’s of Porcelain Crowns:
- Require a higher level of care and are not as strong as metal crowns
- Typically cost more than other types of crowns
– Porcelain Fused-to-Metal Crowns (PFM)
Porcelain Fused-to-Metal Crowns (PFM) are another extremely popular option for the crown material. PFM crowns provide both aesthetics and strength as the base is made of metal (strength) while the exterior is made of porcelain (aesthetics).
Pro’s of PFM Crowns:
- Provide both strength and aesthetics
- Proven track record as they date back many decades
- Less costly than porcelain crowns as they are not solid porcelain
Con’s of PFM Crowns:
- Often a dark line is present where the crown meets the gum line as a result of the metal base
- A larger amount of natural tooth structure is removed for the cementation of a PFM crown
- Not a great option for those with grinding or clenching issues
– Zirconia Crowns
Zirconia is a newer material to the market that is known for its strength, durability, and aesthetic qualities. Zirconia crowns are becoming more and more popular as their results continue to outperform those of PFM crowns.
Pro’s of Zirconia Crowns:
- Highly aesthetic
- Very strong and durable
- Longer wear time meaning a longer overall crown life
- Metal free and unlikely to cause allergic reactions
Con’s of Zirconia Crowns:
- May wear down on opposing teeth’s natural tooth structure due to their strength
- Zirconia crowns can be more expensive than other crown material options
Overall, there are many Dental Crown material options to consider. However, our dentists at Collingwood Family Dental will provide you with recommendations as to which Dental Crown material is right for you and be able to answer any questions you may have about the process.
What Causes the Need for a Dental Crown?
There are many reasons why our dentists at Collingwood Family Dental may recommend a Dental Crown for you. Dental Crowns are a great option to help protect your natural tooth structure and restore both function and appearance to your smile.
Here are a few of the main reasons why you may need a Dental Crown:
1. Presence of significant tooth decay
As proper oral hygiene habits are not always followed, a dental crown may be a great option to save any remaining tooth structure and restore the tooth’s natural look and function
2. You had a Root Canal done
As a result of a Root Canal treatment, a tooth’s structure is often significantly compromised as the entire pulp has been removed. The weakened tooth needs a crown to help restore its strength in order to hold up to the pressures of daily use and reduce the risk of treatment failure
3. Alternative to large Fillings
When a large amount of tooth decay is present, the overall structure of the tooth has been severely weakened. Unfortunately, a large filling may not be strong enough to restore the overall strength of the tooth. A dental crown covers the entire tooth and helps to restore its natural strength, function, and aesthetic
4. Your tooth is cracked
Unfortunately, many people experience cracked teeth due to trauma, decay, grinding, clenching, or other extreme pressures. Cracks in a tooth significantly compromise its integrity, leading to the possibility of infection and losing the tooth completely. In order to possibly save the tooth, your dentist may be able to use a dental crown to cover the tooth and restore its function and appearance. Other times, the tooth may need to be extracted or rebuilt, in which case a crown may still be required.
5. Cosmetic purposes
Dental crowns are also a great option to address:
- Enamel cracks
- Jagged or chipped teeth
- Alternative to veneers
Although Dental Crowns require the removal of natural tooth structure, they are an option for quick cosmetic results to help bring your smile back to life. Dental Crowns are a great option for cosmetic purposes when the tooth structure has been compromised.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Dental Crowns, or Tooth Caps, that are placed by experienced dentists typically last between 5-15 years before they begin to break down, crack, or loosen. Although Dental Crowns are often made up of highly durable materials, they are not indestructible and may need to be replaced for a variety of reasons. However, you can help to avoid complications and extend the life of your Dental Crown through proper maintenance and regular trips to Collingwood Family Dental.
Here are a few tips to maintain your Dental Crown:
- Brush, floss, and maintain regular oral hygiene care
- Remove all plaque, food, and debris from in and around the crown, especially where the crown meets the gum line
- Use a Night Guard if necessary for clenching and grinding at night
- Visit our team at Collingwood Family Dental as prescribed for regular Dental Check-Ups and Cleanings
How are Dental Crowns Done and What Does the Process Involve?
At Collingwood Family Dental, Tooth Crowns are typically completed over two visits. The first visit includes turning your current tooth into a suitable foundation for the crown and then taking impressions. The second visit involves cementing the crown and making any final adjustments before showing you your new smile!
Here is a more in-depth breakdown of each step involved in the Dental Crown process.
– Your First Appointment for a Dental Crown
Depending on your current tooth’s structure and condition, your first appointment will likely take between 45 and 90 minutes. The reason for such a large range is because a tooth that is about to be crowned may require just a small amount of reduction (closer to a 45-minute appointment) or it may require a full post and core build-up (closer to 1.5hrs) if much of its structure has been compromised. Either way, we want to make sure the crown has the best foundation possible to maximize its life expectancy.
Once the tooth has been shaped for the Dental Crown, an impression will be taken and sent off to a dental laboratory to have your permanent Dental Crown made. Between your first and second appointments, we want to make sure your newly formed Dental Crown prepared tooth is protected and that you can still eat and chew properly. For this reason, we’ll create a temporary Dental Crown in its place while your new permanent Dental Crown is being created.
– Your Second Appointment for a Dental Crown
Your second visit will involve the removal of your temporary crown and its replacement with your new permanent crown. Our dentists at Collingwood Family Dental will make any adjustments necessary to create the best fit possible with your new permanent Dental Crown. After confirming shades, margins, and fit, your dentist will finish by cementing your permanent Dental Crown and finalizing all details. This appointment typically takes an hour or less to complete, depending on the complexity of the case.
Overall, the process for a Dental Crown is fairly straightforward for an experienced dentist. Dental Crowns are a very common restorative procedure that is performed regularly at Collingwood Family Dental. If you’re looking for a dentist for Dental Crowns in Collingwood, our team would be more than happy to provide a Free Consultation or Second Opinion on your Dental Crown needs.
How Much Does a Dental Crown Cost?
Similar to other dental services, the cost of a Dental Crown treatment depends heavily on the complexity of the case and the unique oral health condition of the patient. For example, a tooth that requires minimal preparation before impressions will be more economical than a tooth that requires a core build-up before the tooth can be prepared.
Other factors that will affect the cost of a Dental Crown:
- The exact tooth being treated (anterior vs posterior)
- Crown Material (Porcelain, PFM, Gold, Zirconia, etc.)
- The expertise of the dentist (Specialists will cost more than General Dentists)
- The number of x-ray images required
- Consultations or Exams required
- Other existing conditions or treatments that may impact the complexity of the case
Overall, the cost of a Dental Crown, or Tooth Cap, typically starts at $900+ when being completed by a General Dentist (Including the dental lab fee as well). This fee does not include Dental X-Rays, Exams/Consultations, or any other dental services. At Collingwood Family Dental, our fees are based on the Ontario Dental Fee Guide for the current year, which is published by the Ontario Dental Association and is subject to annual changes.
The good news is that many Dental Insurances and Benefits provide coverage for Dental Crowns. To get a full understanding of the out-of-pocket costs of a Dental Crown for yourself or family members, feel free to visit Collingwood Family Dental and we will be able to provide a full treatment plan and quote for you. We also provide financing options for our patients to help make large treatments more affordable for all.
Does Getting a Dental Crown Hurt?
A Dental Crown procedure should not be a painful experience. The only mild discomfort may include the application of the local anesthetic. Once the local anesthetic takes effect, the area around your tooth will be completely numb and you should not feel any pain.
The mild discomfort of a local anesthetic (used on many dental treatments) is far outweighed by the benefits that a Dental Crown will provide for your compromised tooth structure. Your restored function and aesthetic will be well worth any minor discomfort you may experience during your Dental Crown procedure.
For those with anxieties or fears of local anesthetics or needles, our dentists at Collingwood Family Dental may suggest the use of Nitrous Oxide Gas or ‘Laughing Gas’ to help ease the tension. Nitrous Oxide is a mild form of Sedation Dentistry that helps you to relax and even allows you the possibility to drive home after your appointment.
Are Dental Crowns Covered by Dental Insurance?
Dental Crowns are usually considered ‘Major Restorative’ work and are often covered in some capacity by your Dental Insurance Plan. Every Dental Insurance Plan is different, so varying portions of Dental Crowns may be covered or not covered at all. However, most Dental Insurance Plans cover Dental Crowns somewhere between 50% to 100%. Our team would be more than happy to go over your Dental Insurance Plan and explain your coverage. We can also submit a pre-determination on your behalf to see if your plan will cover Dental Crowns.
At Collingwood Family Dental, we offer Direct Insurance Billing, which means we will submit your claim and collect all payments on your behalf. This leaves you to simply pay any deductibles, co-payments, or other plan fees at the time of service. We offer this service as a convenience to our patients, allowing them to skip the hassle of submission, paperwork, and collecting from their Dental Insurance Providers.
Looking for a Dentist Near You for Dental Crowns in Collingwood?
Finding a dentist near you for Dental Crowns can be a difficult experience. Fortunately, most dentists in Collingwood offer Dental Crown treatment, so try not to worry too much! The best dentist in Collingwood for Dental Crowns is one that not only has the skills and experience to perform a Dental Crown treatment well but also takes the time to understand your entire oral health condition.
Good news – Dental Crowns are available at Collingwood Family Dental! Schedule a Free Consultation with our dentists to go over your options and ask any questions you may have about getting a Dental Crown in Collingwood.
If you’re ready for treatment, our dentists would be more than happy to review the case and get started on your Dental Crown! We are always welcoming new patients and offer Direct Insurance Billing and Emergency Dentistry for the convenience of our patients. We are located downtown in the Rexall building at 1 Huron St, Collingwood with lots of Free Parking available!
How to Schedule a Dental Crown at Collingwood Family Dental
To schedule an appointment for a Dental Crown at Collingwood Family Dental, simply call email, walk in, or book your appointment online through our website’s online scheduling platform. Our dentists offer Free Consultations to go over your options and answer any questions you may have about your Dental Crown treatment.
We are now accepting new families and patients of all ages to our dental clinic in Collingwood. We offer evening & weekend appointments as well as emergency care and direct insurance billing. We serve Collingwood, Thornbury, The Blue Mountains, Clearview, Stayner, Wasaga Beach, Creemore, New Lowell, Clarksburg, Springwater, Nottawa, and all surrounding areas!