What to Know About Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are a very common dental treatment. As many as one-third of adults has at least one dental crown. Some people may have more than one. Even some children may get crowns. Despite how common they are, you may not have all the facts about dental crowns. Drs. Ami Barakat, Belal Alani, Bilal Mammah, and Thériault at Villanova Dental Studio are here to take the mystery out of this common restorative treatment.

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What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are a sort of cap that fits over a damaged tooth. They cover the tooth on all sides, stabilizing it and hopefully preventing any further damage from occurring.

What Are They Made From?

Traditionally, dental crowns have been made from gold or a special dental metal alloy. Metal crowns are very durable but somewhat unsightly. Modern materials have made metal an unpopular option, used only for some hard-wearing chewing surfaces.
In most cases, Drs. Barakat, Alani, Mammah, and Thériault recommend porcelain crowns. Porcelain is durable and can be color-matched to your teeth. Your finished results should be almost indistinguishable from your natural teeth for a beautiful smile you can be proud to show off.

How Are They Made?

Using a mold of the patient’s mouth, a custom crown will be milled from high-quality dental ceramic and color-matched to the patient’s smile.

What to Expect

If your dentist has decided to treat your damaged tooth with a dental crown, his first step will be to prepare your tooth. Preparation involves cleaning, stabilizing the damage, and removing old repairs, then reshaping the tooth to fit the crown. Dental impressions will be taken and used to mold your new tooth.
Milling your new crown is not instant, so your dentist may fit you with a temporary cap while you wait. At a second appointment, he will fit the crown and cement it permanently into place.

Schedule a Consultation

Dental crowns are a common, widespread procedure, so there is no need to feel nervous. Dr. Barakat and the whole team at Villanova Dental Studio have years of experience providing high-quality dental care. To schedule a consultation, contact our Stittsville, ON office on our website or at (613) 707-8483 or (613) 927-9905.