Depending on the condition of your mouth at any one time, your Ottawa dentist, Dr. Jaleel, performs several different types of procedures. Although teeth cleanings, cavity fillings and bondings comprise some of the routine sessions, more involved procedures are now common and easy to complete. In addition to root canals and wisdom tooth extractions, dental crowns are often needed as well, and come in more than one form. Before differentiating between the different types of dental crowns, consider the functions they serve.
A dental crown is a fixed prosthetic object that is cemented onto a tooth. Only a dentist like Dr. Jaleel can remove it once it’s in place. The main purpose of a crown is to cover a damaged tooth, but it also strengthens it, improving its overall appearance and alignment in the mouth.
Crowns are made by taking an impression of the tooth or teeth they’ll be covering. Before this impression is created, Dr. Jaleel must first reduce your tooth’s size so that the crown fits properly. Dr. Jaleel may also place a temporary crown while the permanent one is being made.
Types of Dental Crowns
There are four different types of dental crowns.
- Ceramic — These are used for restoring front teeth, and are popular in this area for their ability to blend with your natural tooth color. The crown is made of a porcelain-based material.
- Porcelain-fused to metal – This crown provides a stronger bond than regular porcelain because it is connected to a metal structure. It’s also extremely durable.
- Gold alloys – This crown is a mix of gold, copper and other metals. In addition to providing a strong bond to the tooth, it doesn’t fracture, nor does it wear away the tooth itself.
- Base metal alloys – This crown is made up of non-noble metals that are highly resistant to corrosion, and make for a very strong crown. It also requires the least amount of healthy tooth to be removed prior to fitting.
Differences Between Crown Types
The sealing ability of the all-porcelain crown depends on the filling materials and the quality of the underlying tooth, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), whereas the other three provide particularly good seals against leakage.
Durability is best in the gold and metal alloys crowns, whereas the all-porcelain crown tends to be less strong, more suseptible if it is put under enough pressure (if you grind your teeth at night, this may pose a problem). By contrast, the crown of porcelain fused to metal offers better durability. Both porcelain-based crowns are highly resistant to wear, but they can quickly aggravate opposing teeth if the adjacent surface becomes rough. Incidentally, the gold and metal alloys are resistant to wear and gentle on opposing teeth at the same time.
Though they sometimes become loose or fall out, crowns can last a lifetime if properly maintained. The best way to achieve this is through proper oral health. Brushing and flossing twice a day are your go-to methods of keeping your teeth healthy every morning and night. Use a toothbrush to keep your teeth spotless, especially your back molars. Above all, scheduling regular checkups with Dr. Jaleel is key to sustaining good oral hygiene so that you won’t have to choose from these different types of dental crowns.
Last week we discussed the benefits a mouthguard can provide in protecting (and keeping!) your teeth. But perhaps if you didn’t get a chance to read it in time, or by some other misfortune, you may have found yourself in that worst-case scenario.
Not to fret – even something as seemingly firmly rooted as teeth are subject to the wears and tears of the unexpected. Perhaps by a sporting mishap, health implications, pure clumsiness, or just plain aging, it’s near impossible to keep a perfect set of all 32 teeth – and those who have had their wisdom teeth removed can attest that they get along just fine without those molars (…and additional astuteness).
Dental Implants: Before & After
That being said that the implications might not be noticeable, whether it’s a tooth or two here and there, depending on which are missing you may have difficulty chewing, and therefore complications to digestion may arise. Additionally, depending on the location of a missing tooth, it might be causing some more superficial issues such as insecurities in your smile.
Well dental implants are – as the name suggests – more than superficial, but certainly secure! Of course “implant” has a connotation that may be a tad unnerving, as we usually associate it with the surgically invasive. But, just to think: One renowned contemporary implant dentist claims that the origins of dental implants may trace back to 4000 years ago, originating in China when implants were fabricated from bamboo! Fast forward 4000 years and rest assured, the art of dental implants being practiced by your Ottawa dentist has certainly been refined.
Through the process of osseointegration dental implants can actually fuse with the bone structure within your jaw. These titanium or ceramic implants are biologically accepted and integrated into your structure, making dental implants feel as natural as possible. With the dental implants as the anchor, the actual prosthetic tooth itself can be fastened on, with the longevity of 10 to 15 years.
Dental implants can be used to resolve an array of dental issues, with the solution as unique as your own bite. It may be a single tooth one may be hoping to replace, or it may be a set of dental prostheses that bridges the gap between multiple implants and their natural neighbours. Dental implants may come as removable dentures that are secured into the implants by day and removed by night, or they might anchor to your own teeth as seen fit for durability and stability.
For now your bark might be worse than your bite. How about loose the bark altogether and reclaim your feistiness and vivacity with a new bite that lives up to all its former glory. Have your local Ottawa dentist, Dr. Jaleel, help fix your insecurities with some dental security, and have your smile firmly anchored!
It’s a New Year and one of your resolutions likely involves bettering yourself. Why not start the year off right with a dazzling smile? If you’ve been ashamed over the shade of your teeth and have been finding yourself hiding your smile, we wouldn’t want you to give off the wrong impression about yourself. Having your teeth as white as they can be will rejuvenate your smile, bring a new sense of self-confidence, and will give you more reasons to smile in the first place!
Boost your confidence with whiter teeth.
The colours of our teeth are inherently within a range of yellowish-to greyish shades. Although our teeth fall within this natural range, it is the whitest of smiles that we associate with health, vitality, happiness and beauty. Luckily, turning this perception into reality is well within our reach with the latest advancements in bleaching and whitening technologies. For this reason, teeth whitening can be an effective and simple makeover for your face at any age!
Before and After Teeth Whitening Treatments.
Teeth naturally darken with age. Just as our hair turns white, so do our teeth begin to yellow. (Too bad the opposite couldn’t be true!) The accumulation of stains from food, drink and smoking accelerates the darkening process that comes with age. Teeth may also be darkened by certain medications, root canals or trauma to the teeth. But there is no need to kick the coffee habit just yet!
A peroxide-based concentration penetrates tooth enamel, removing stains while lights in the form of lasers catalyze the reaction to speed up the process. Although the agents used by a professional dentist in Ottawa are stronger than at-home treatments, the precision and care taken during application increases effectiveness and reduces any possible irritation.
Some teeth and gum sensitivity may be a possible but brief side effect. However, friendly and accommodating, just let Ottawa dentist Dr. Jaleel aware of any personal sensitivities to make the process as comfortable for you as possible. Teeth whitening treatments are worth making the visit to your Ottawa dentist to ensure the most efficient and effective treatment to serve your personal needs. Based on the current colour of your teeth, sensitivity and medical history, cosmetic dentists will tailor your treatments. Accordingly, you can begin seeing results as quickly and comfortably as possible for you personally.
Don’t wave your white flag of surrender. Instead flash a new set of pearly whites! Stop by Dr. Jaleel, your local dentist in Ottawa, to see if you can turn your discoloration from coffee into a declaration of confidence!