When teeth become severely decayed, treatment to save the tooth will require more than a simple filling. At Polar Dental, we do our best to help you maintain your natural healthy smile. Crowns provide patients with the ability to save as much of the tooth structure as possible. A crown is, in essence, a 'cap' designed especially for the individual tooth, encasing it in protective material to prevent further damage. Dental crowns may also be used to protect teeth that are cracked or to restore a tooth's functionality.
If a tooth has severe decay, it is likely to fracture and lose a considerable amount of tooth substance. Worse yet, the tooth may continue to fracture below the gum line making its restoration difficult and in some cases even impossible.
Crowns can be made of gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or all porcelain. Each material has its own advantages such as aesthetics, strength and durability. Your dentist will help you determine which material is ideal for your case.
Your Polar Dental professional will begin your treatment by taking an impression mould to send to a laboratory. A proper temporary crown will be placed on the damaged tooth during this visit as well to protect the tooth from further damage. Once the permanent restoration is completed, it will be cemented onto the tooth or adhesive bond in your next appointment. Some offices utilize CAD/CAM technology which enables the dentist to fabricate the restoration within the office. In this case, since there is no need to send away to a lab, the finalized crown may be completed within one visit.
Your dentist will inform you how to properly care for your dental crown. Generally speaking, it is important that proper oral hygiene is maintained such as regular brushing and flossing to fight and remove plaque which causes tooth decay. Biting hard objects such as crab shells, nut shells, bones etc. may cause damage to your dental crown. Also, fingernail biting and teeth grinding should be avoided. The lifespan of your dental crown, like all dental restorations, is largely dependent upon how you care for them.
Our governing College, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) has advised dentists that they strongly recommend that all non-essential and elective dental services should be suspended immediately. Public safety is our number one concern. We need to put our patients’ interests and the safety of the community, first. Ontario has declared a state of emergency, and the Canadian government is strongly urging all Canadians to practice social distancing.
Dental hygiene services in a time of a "pandemic" are not considered emergency or essential services. Our College has advised that we postpone all appointments for Hygiene scaling/cleanings until further notice. We may however, be open for EMERGENCIES. We ask that you call one of our offices to schedule this, and to be pre-screened.
What is the definition of an essential service?
In dentistry, a “true emergency situation” includes oral-facial trauma, significant infection, prolonged bleeding or pain which cannot be managed by over-the-counter medications.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we are here for you and want to help. Please call our offices to speak with one of our representatives who will be able to screen and advise you accordingly. CONSULTATIONS OVER THE PHONE will be available with the Doctor, if needed.
This strong recommendation to suspend non-essential services, is being followed in interest of the public, our patients and our Team. We all need to act in a socially responsible manner. The College will revisit this recommendation in the first week of April. We will continue to keep you up to date.
Stay safe, and healthy.
Drs. Jim Argyropoulos, Robert Polese, Ari Voudouris & Associates