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Cap or Crown? What’s the difference?

September 12, 2022

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Restorative Dentistry — fava @ 12:00 am

Have you been feeling a bit self-conscious about your smile? Do you have damaged or missing teeth that lower your confidence when talking with people? If these things apply to you, consider getting a dental crown for your teeth. It is one of the most commonly used cosmetic dentistry procedures to adorn you with that perfect smile. 

In this article, let’s understand dental crowns and how they differ from dental caps. We will also explore who needs a dental crown and how to maintain it after getting one for your teeth.


Are Caps and Crowns the Same Thing? 

Many people want to know the difference between a crown and a cap used on teeth. As it turns out, both refer to the same cosmetic dentistry procedure. While dentists and other medical professionals use the term ‘dental crown,’ others who don’t work in the medical field mostly use the word ‘cap.’ 

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is, in essence, a cap-like covering for your damaged tooth. It covers the visible part of the natural tooth and improves your smile, and makes the tooth stronger and more resistant to chipping or damage. 

What is a dental crown for? Why is it used, and who would require a dental crown?

Over time, as one ages or experiences trauma, the strength and rigidity of the teeth change. Due to this, the teeth run the risk of getting damaged. Moreover, in the absence of a good oral hygiene routine, your teeth may also get infected. All these factors may lead to your tooth changing its shape or size.

Here are some reasons why you may need a cosmetic dentistryprocedure like a crown:

  • When the tooth has severe decay that dental fillings cannot fix.
  • When your tooth has broken, the dentist wants to protect it from further damage.
  • You have a dental bridge or an implant that needs to be held in place.
  • Your teeth are either misshapen or severely discolored.
  • When you have a large filling but don’t have much of a supporting tooth structure left.
  • You have undergone a root canal, and the treated tooth needs to be covered.

Different Types of Dental Crowns

Varied materials are used to make dental crowns, each having its unique benefits. Let’s take a look at the most common types of crown materials:

  • Metal: Metals such as palladium, nickel, chromium, and gold are routinely used in cosmetic dentistry to make crowns. The benefit of metal crowns is that they last the longest and only require a small portion of your tooth to be removed. However, their color stands out from the rest of your natural teeth. This is why they are preferred for your out-of-sight molars.
  • Porcelain fused to metal: This dental crown has a porcelain top with metal under its cover. It can be matched to compliment your natural teeth and is easily used to restore your front teeth. However, these crowns are less durable than all-metal crowns and may chip if you bite on hard foods.
  • All porcelain or ceramic: As the name suggests, these crowns perfectly match your natural teeth. Made in a single material, they are perfect for people with metal allergies. They are quite durable also. 

The Process of Fitting a Dental Crown

A dental crown can be fitted in two different ways. If you are getting a temporary crown, here is the usual procedure that is followed:

  • On the day of the first visit, your dentist will examine the damaged tooth. They may also take X-rays or molds of your mouth.
  • Your dentist will then remove the outer layer of the tooth to even it down.
  • An impression will be made of your trimmed tooth along with the surrounding teeth.
  • A temporary crown is set over the tooth that needs to be restored.
  • The impressions will be sent to the associated lab to make a permanent crown. 
  • The crown will then be placed on your teeth on your second visit, which may take place after several weeks. 

Another option is to get a same-day permanent crown. This process involves the following steps:

  • Your dentist will take a digital picture of your mouth.
  • With these pictures, a crown will be created right there in the dental office. This is usually a couple of hours.
  • Once the crown is ready to go, it will be secured into place on your teeth.

 How Long Do Crowns Last?

Dental crowns are long-term cosmetic dentistryrestorations lasting between ten and thirty years. This is, however, only possible when you maintain good oral hygiene and take care of the crowns. 

 How To Maintain a Dental Crown?

Listed below are five ways in which you can prolong the life of your dental crown:

  • Have a regular oral hygiene routine that includes brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes. 
  • Follow this with flossing and rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • If you have sensitive teeth, consider using toothpaste meant for sensitive teeth.
  • Never chew on hard foods. This may cause your crown to crack.
  • Do you suffer from bruxism? Your dentist may potentially advise you to use a night guard.

 Are There Any Issues One Can Experience With a Dental Crown?

While dental crowns have significant benefits for damaged teeth, they may also pose certain complications. Some of these may include:

  • Your crowned tooth may become sensitive to air or hot and cold foods.
  • They may chip while biting onto hard foods.
  • A crown may loosen or even fall off if it is not cemented well.
  • If the area around the crown is not cleaned correctly, it may increase the risk of gum disease.

The Bottom Line

Modern dentistry has come a long way. Especially when it comes to dental crowns, patients can now choose from various purposes to match their specific needs. However, once you get a crown for your teeth, ensure that you maintain it well to last for a long time. 

Want more information? Contact Torbram Dental today! 

A few reasons why you may need a tooth extraction

April 25, 2022

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,General Dentistry — fava @ 12:00 am

A Few Reasons Why You May Need a Tooth Extraction 

Permanent teeth are precious, and your dentist will make every effort to save each one. Nevertheless, there are some situations when tooth extraction becomes unavoidable. 

Impacted Wisdom Tooth

These are the teeth at the very back of the mouth, also called the third molars. Since they’re the last to erupt, they are often crowded and blocked from erupting. When the tooth can not emerge, it turns around to an oblique or horizontal position, pressing against its neighbor. Such teeth are called impacted teeth.

Such a tooth cannot erupt, and your dentist will advise tooth extraction. Dentists don’t make efforts to preserve the third molar since they don’t contribute much to chewing.

Dental Decay

Dental decay is another common cause of potential tooth removal. In the initial stages, teeth can be preserved by a dental cleaning, cavity filling, and root canal treatment. Infections and inflammation can be controlled with medication prescribed by your dentist or doctor.

Conversely, if tooth decay is advanced, your dentist will advise removing the tooth. 

Periodontal Disease

Severe infections that affect the gum and bones can sometimes force a tooth extraction.


Teeth are sometimes severely damaged in vehicular accidents or sporting injuries. Your dentist may advise extraction if the tooth is too severely damaged to be salvaged.


If your teeth are crowded, some may be pushed backward or forwards, resulting in uneven teeth. If you wish to have an even appearance of your teeth, you will need orthodontia. The specialist may advise removing one or more teeth to create space for straightening the remaining teeth.

Preventative Care

These preventative measures are essential. They’ll save you from a possible tooth extraction.

  • Do visit your dentist regularly. Such visits help catch any gum or tooth disease early. Early treatment can potentially save your teeth.
  • Do have regular dental cleanings. They remove plaque and prevent gum and tooth infections.
  • Don’t drink excessive soda pops and other sugary drinks.
  • Don’t brush your teeth less than recommended.
  • Don’t keep a toothbrush after you’ve had the flu.
  • Don’t ignore your at-home oral health routine.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Sometimes, tooth extraction becomes unavoidable. Your dentist will make every effort to keep you comfortable and reduce pain. After the extraction, what should you do at home?

Rest. Avoid strenuous activity for a few days.

Avoid Hot and Cold Drinks. The local anesthesia your dentist injects makes your mouth numb. Drinking a hot beverage may burn your mouth since you can’t feel the heat.

Don’t Gargle. Gargling will dislodge the blood clot formed at the extraction site and cause fresh bleeding. Similarly, avoid spitting and drinking from a straw. 

Salt Water Rinse. Your dentist may recommend this after 24 hours.

Take Medication as Prescribed. Your dentist will prescribe medicines to reduce pain and swelling. In addition, they may also prescribe antibiotics. 

Soft Food. For the first day or two, it is recommended to eat only soft foods that can be swallowed without chewing. Example: soups, healthy smoothies, or purees. 

Ice Packs. Apply one to your cheek or jaw to reduce the pain.

Dental caries are the most common reason for tooth extraction. You can avoid this situation by regular dental visits and teeth cleaning.

Cosmetic Dentist in Brampton Reveals Beautiful Smiles

April 19, 2016

cosmetic dentist BramptonThey say a confident smile is one big factor influencing success. But if chips, cracks, stains or other dental imperfections are affecting the appearance of your front teeth, you’re probably not smiling as much as you’d like. Have you considered cosmetic dentistry? It’s not just for celebrities anymore — and your cosmetic dentist in Brampton, Dr. Fava, has something just for you. Keep reading to learn about our methods for revealing your most beautiful smile!


Enjoy General, Restorative, and Cosmetic Dentistry Services in Brampton, Ontario

May 30, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-494780255Dr. Vince Fava and the team at Torbram Dental make having a healthy, beautiful smile easy for every member of your family. Their wealth of knowledge and experience, combined with a full-service menu of dental care procedures to cover almost every need, results in an experience for our patients that can’t be matched. With a state-of-the-art dental office in Brampton, ON, Torbram Dental can keep problems from popping up, stop problems before they cause too much damage, and turn around highly damaged smiles.

Effective Teeth Whitening Treatment in Brampton, Ontario, CA

April 24, 2015

What is the first thing others notice about you? Do they check out the shirt you picked out and decided to wear today? Do they look at the new shoes you purchased and laced up this morning? The first thing others see is your smile. Your smile can light up a room, convey your happiness and enjoyment, and display your fun, outgoing personality. However, many individuals try to hide their smile due to stains and a dull, yellow color that has spread across their teeth. Torbram Dental offers safe, effective whitening treatments that will eliminate discoloration and restore your confidence. (more…)

Reveal a New Smile with Porcelain Veneers from Torbram Dental

February 15, 2015

92589293Are there several things you’d like to change about your smile? Perhaps your teeth aren’t as white and bright as you’d like them to be. Maybe some of your teeth are chipped or have slight cracks. Others are somewhat crooked or have gaps in between them. Rather than go through all of the different cosmetic procedures necessary to fix these smile imperfections, why not just have one? With porcelain veneers, the dentists at Torbram Dental have given people in Brampton, Ontario new smiles and they can do the same for you!

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers, also called dental veneers, are made of micro-thin layers of dental porcelain that are bonded to the facial surface of your front teeth to conceal and correct the flaws in your smile. As such, porcelain veneers are considered a cosmetic procedure. However, because they might also protect teeth from further damage—such as a tooth fracture deepening—they are also a restorative procedure.

What is the Porcelain Veneer Procedure?

Your first toward a new smile with porcelain veneers is a consultation with one of our dentists. We’ll discuss your smiles goals and assess the current condition of your oral health, making sure your teeth are strong enough for veneers. Then, we’ll work with you to choose the shape and shade of porcelain veneers that will best compliment you.

Next, the teeth in your smile zone are prepared by removing a very small amount of enamel, so your veneers will lay flush with your other teeth. Then, we’ll take an impression of your teeth, which will be sent to a cosmetic dental lab where your custom-made veneers are fabricated. While your permanent veneers are made, you’ll wear temporaries. In a few weeks, you’ll return to Torbram Dental to have your own veneers bonded in to place. With proper care—brushing, flossing and regular checkups—you’re porcelain veneers can last for years.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you’d like to learn more about porcelain veneers, then call Torbram Dental to schedule a consultation. We proudly serve patients in Brampton, Ontario, as well as the surrounding communities of Georgetown, Woodbridge and Mississauga.

Treat Yourself to a Smile Makeover in Brampton, Ontario, CA

November 15, 2014

158554263With the holiday season upon us, there is hopefully much to smile about. But what if you are reluctant to smile because you don’t like your smile? Then what? Well, a smile makeover could be the solution. At Torbram Dental in Brampton, Ontario, CA, we offer a full menu of cosmetic dentistry services to give you a smile you’ll want to share.

A smile may be less than perfect for a variety of reasons, some of them preventable and some unavoidable. Those reason include chips, cracks and decay; staining due to the foods we eat and drink, tobacco or some medications; misalignment, gaps and misshapen teeth. Regardless of what’s making you unhappy about your smile, the dentists at Torbram Dental—Dr. Vince Fava, Dr. Summer Al Maqdassy and Dr. Joseph Hasso—have the training and techniques to create your perfect smile makeover.

For a smile that is stained or discolored there is teeth whitening. Torbram Dental offers both in-office and at-home teeth whitening systems. With our in-office treatment, you’ll have a whiter smile in about one hour. On the other hand, our at-home system allows you to whiten in the privacy and comfort of home.

For teeth that are more severely discolored or have chips and cracks there is cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers. The bonding procedure repairs mildly cracked or chipped teeth. A composite resin is applied and molded to renew the tooth and is then hardened with a special light.

Porcelain veneers are made of micro-thin layers of dental porcelain and are designed to replicate your natural teeth. Fabricated in a cosmetic dental lab to our exacting specifications, your veneers are bonded to your teeth and will last for years with a bit of tender loving care.

On the other hand, if your gums are the reason you hide your smile, then perhaps a gum graft or gum lift is the answer. A gum graft treats a receding gum line, while a gum lift removes excess gum to make teeth look longer.

Call Our Office Today

To schedule your appointment for a smile makeover or any other dental procedure, call the office of Torbram Dental today. We serve patients in Brampton, Ontario, CA, as well as the surrounding communities of Georgetown, Woodbridge and Mississauga.

Brighten Your Smile with Teeth Whitening

August 15, 2014

137110504From bent book spines to scratches on cars, everything in life goes through wear and tear. No matter much we may want things to stay in absolute perfect condition, unfortunately, that never happens. The same thing goes for your smile. A chip here and a gap there can really affect the overall aesthetic of your smile, and can cause you to feel insecure about the way you look. A smile is a way we show friendliness and communicate with others, and if it is in less than perfect condition, it can affect the way you interact with the people around you as well as the way we feel about ourselves. Our smiles accumulate stains over time, dulling our smiles, making it appear lackluster and unappealing. Luckily, our experienced and talented doctors are able to whiten your smile using teeth whitening at their Brampton, Ontario dental office.

There are many things that can affect the brightness of your smile. From coffee, tea, and wine to certain medications, tobacco products and natural aging, our smiles are almost always exposed to things that will take the whiteness away. We offer a couple of teeth whitening options to our patients, making sure they receive the treatment that is best and most convenient for them. The first is in-office whitening. When you come in for your teeth whitening appointment at our dental office, we will put a whitening gel over your smile, and in about an hour, your smile is up to ten shades whiter! This is a great option for those who want to whiten their smiles during their lunch break and for people who have a busy schedule.

The second form we offer is at-home teeth whitening, which is a more gradual way to whiten your smile. We will supply you with custom-made whitening trays, fitting your smile like a glove. This ensures that your results are amazing, and it makes your treatment completely personalized to you. We will also provide the professional grade whitening gel to you. All you need to do is fill the trays with the whitening gel and wear them for a certain amount of time each day. In about two weeks, you will see the full results! If you would like our doctors’ help in whitening your smile with teeth whitening, contact our office today!

At Torbram DentalDr. Vince Fava offers quality general, preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry services to ensure excellent oral health. Our Brampton dental office serves patients from Mississauga, Georgetown and WoodbridgeCall us today to learn more or schedule your next appointment.

Achieve a Flawless Smile with Porcelain Veneers at Torbram Dental

March 18, 2014

Happy couple smiling brightlyYour smile speaks volumes about who you are and how you feel, conveying a sense of health, happiness, confidence, and charm. If your teeth are less than perfect, however, you may feel hesitant to share your true smile with the people who matter most. At Torbram Dental in Brampton, Ontario, CA, Dr. Vince Fava and Dr. Summer Al Maqdassy help patients just like you achieve the beautiful, flawless smile they want and deserve with cosmetic dentistry solutions like porcelain veneers.

Are Porcelain Veneers Right for Me?

A one-on-one consultation with our skilled dental professionals will help determine if porcelain veneers are the right cosmetic option for your particular case. Also called dental veneers, these ultra-thin sheaths of durable porcelain effectively correct a number of common dental blemishes, including the following:

  • Chips and cracks in enamel
  • Deep-set stains and yellowing that are resistant to traditional whitening treatments
  • Uneven spacing between teeth
  • Unsightly gaps
  • Misalignment and moderate crowding
  • Teeth that are too large or too small relative to surrounding teeth
  • Misshapen teeth

If our doctors find that porcelain veneers are a good fit for your unique situation, we’ll move forward with the process. A minimal amount of surface enamel will be gently removed from your teeth in order to make room for your veneers. An impression will then be taken in order to achieve a natural, comfortable fit. Within as little as two visits to our office, you’ll enjoy a brand new smile that looks and feels completely flawless, allowing you to smile once again with utter confidence.

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

If you’ve spent far too long hiding your smile from others because you’re concerned about the appearance of your teeth, contact our office in Brampton, Ontario today and schedule your appointment. Our doctors also happily welcome patients from nearby communities in Georgetown, Woodbridge, Mississauga, and beyond. We look forward to giving you the bright, beautiful smile you deserve!

How Gum Grafting and Lifts Can Change Your Smile!

January 15, 2014

shutterstock_146387729One of the keys to a healthy smile is healthy gums. Though many people don’t think gums play a crucial role in the health and appearance of your smile, nothing could be more untrue. At Torbram Dental, we understand how your gums can change the look of your smile, and how some people are unhappy with the look of their gums. Because we are away of these things, Drs. Vince Fava and Summer Al Maqdassy is able to offer gum grafting and lifts to their patients.

There are many reasons gums recede, including genetics, gum disease, tobacco use, and brushing your teeth too hard. Even though it may not seem like a big deal, severe gum recession can lead to a number of problems, including jaw bone infection due to harmful bacteria having easy access. Because your gums help keep your teeth in place, excessive gum recession can even lead to tooth loss. With gum grafting, our very talented doctors will be able to replace your missing gum tissue by taking tissue from the roof of your mouth then stitched in place. If your gum tissue is healthy enough, tissue can be removed from that area as well.

Gum lifts are the exact opposite of grafting. Many people complain about having a “gummy” smile, meaning they have too much gum tissue surrounding their teeth. A gum lift is able to lengthen the appearance of your teeth by removing excess gum tissue. Gum lifts are also a good option for people to feel as though their gum line is uneven.

If you feel as though our experienced doctors and team will be able to help you in improving the look of your smile, call our office and make an appointment. We’d be more than happy to help you with whatever you may need!

At Torbram DentalDrs. Vince Fava Summer Al Maqdassy offer quality general, preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry services to ensure excellent oral health. Our Brampton dental office serves patients from Mississauga, Georgetown and WoodbridgeCall us today to learn more or schedule your next appointment.

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