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Dental Crowns

Our teeth are not immune to the troubles of the oral environment, infection, or injury and can be damaged. One of the most common causes of compromised teeth is dental decay. Once a tooth is involved in dental decay or gets fractured, it loses its strength and function. At times, a dental filling may not be sufficient to restore a decayed and damaged tooth. In such cases, a dental crown is recommended to restore a tooth’s shape, size, strength, and function. A dental crown protects a compromised tooth from further harm and ensures stability in the mouth, thus increasing its lifespan.

Types of Crowns:

Base Metal Alloys

These crowns are made from stainless steel, titanium, chromium, nickel, and cobalt alloys. These crowns offer excellent resistance and support; however, they are aesthetically undesirable due to their greyish metallic appearance. Moreover, there is always a risk of galvanized shock in patients with multiple metallic dental fillings and prostheses. Metal crowns are still used, predominantly on the back teeth, as these sustain the brunt of chewing forces.


Zirconia crowns are getting immense popularity in Essex as they provide the most superior aesthetics. Zirconia is strong and can be seamlessly used to restore back and front teeth. Moreover, it reflects light like natural teeth do and give stunning results. Zirconia crowns tend to be a little expensive but last a long time with proper care making them a great investment.


In the past, gold was used to restore teeth as it is inert, offers excellent support and is valuable. However, aesthetic concerns remain with gold crowns.

Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM)

To counter the disadvantages of metal crowns, PFM crowns were introduced. These crowns have a metallic core and an outer coating of tooth-colored ceramic. However, the ceramic coating tends to wear off over time (5-6 years) and is prone to chipping.


In recent times, the most popular material for dental crowns in Essex happens to be porcelain. Porcelain is a robust material and can be manipulated to match the natural tooth shade. Porcelain dental crowns resist chipping and staining, making them excellent for the restoration of front teeth.

When are Crowns Used?

  • Dental crowns are used to restore teeth with large dental cavities.
  • They are used to rebuild and protect a chipped, broken or fractured tooth.
  • It can be given after a root canal treatment.
  • It is used to restore dental implants.
  • To cover severely misshapen and discoloured teeth.

Metal, porcelain and zirconia crowns can last for 15 years or even a lifetime with proper dental care. Regular brushing, flossing, rinsing, and scheduling regular dental check-ups at Essex Family Dental is essential to maintain your dental crown as well as your oral and overall health.

If you have any more questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please get in touch with us. The Essex Family Dental team is here to assist you in your journey to impeccable oral health.

Or call us today to schedule your appointment: (519) 961-9211

The Dental Crown Procedure

During your first appointment, our dentist will conduct a complete oral health examination and check for the offending tooth. Next, they will clean the tooth of any dental decay and fill it with the help of dental cement or resin to ensure a proper foundation. Next, they will prepare the tooth by trimming it with the help of dental drills. Following this, a dental impression of the upper and the lower jaw is taken, which is used to make your crowns at a lab in Essex. The colour for your porcelain and zirconia crown is also decided during this appointment to ensure a proper aesthetic outcome. Typically, your dental crown will be ready within a week, and you will be called for your appointment. Our dentist will check the crown for its fit and aesthetics and fix it with the help of dental cement.
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