Our teeth are among our most durable – and hardworking – body parts. And when they are treated properly, they give us bright, happy, welcoming smiles! But just like the rest of us, our teeth are vulnerable not only to neglect, but also to the natural process of aging. When you look at your teeth, what you see is the white enamel which covers the crown of the tooth. Over the years, your natural crown can become damaged or altered by many factors such as excessive wear or decay, health factors or medical influences.
We can restore your damaged teeth and greatly improve their strength, appearance, and longevity with individually custom-fitted and manufactured porcelain crowns which allow us to achieve the tone and contour of your natural teeth. In fact, all-porcelain crowns have a natural translucency that makes them hard to tell from your other teeth. Porcelain crowns used to have a metal core for strength, and often a telltale dark line was left at the edge of the gumline. New techniques allow us to create crowns entirely of porcelain, eliminating all clues that a restoration has been placed.
This type of restorative procedure is often a dentist’s treatment of choice because of the excellent clinical results achieved in creating a strong, permanent restoration. The aesthetic quality of these restorations enhances the overall appearance of the smile, one of our most important communicative features.
What is involved in getting a porcelain crown?
First, we reduce and contour the tooth. Then we take an impression of your teeth and gums, and send the impression to the dental laboratory* for fabrication of the porcelain crown. In the interim, we fit your with a temporary crown. When your new crown is ready, we place it on your tooth and adjust the bite. Finally, we cement the crown permanently in place.
* Patients at our Guelph South location will have their crowns created on-site, eliminating the need to wear a temporary crown.
Why should I get a crown after a root canal?
During endodontic treatment, the nerve, blood and nutrient supply to the tooth is removed. This will cause the tooth to become brittle and prone to fracturing which could result in the need to extract the tooth. A full coverage crown is recommended to prevent this from happening.
Some patients decide not to get a crown due to cost. This could result in a fracture that more than likely cannot be restored. The result will cost you more time and money than you had originally planned for.
What is a dental bridge?
A bridge is a porcelain tooth permanently attached to your natural teeth. It is permanently cemented into the mouth, providing solid support to the structure of the jaw and preventing adjacent teeth from shifting. For lost teeth, we build a special dental bridge that spans the spaces left by missing teeth.
Why should you consider a bridge?
An implant or bridge will give you the most natuarl result. You can chew, brush and most importantly, eat like normal (ex: steak, corn on the cob, apples…). Once implants are inserted they are treated like real teeth.
When it comes to dental work like porcelain crowns and onlays, would you like it done in one appointment? Now they’re created while you wait. No need to wait weeks for a lab or cumbersome temporaries. Now you can come in for your root canal and leave the same day with a new crown instead of coming back weeks later. That’s what we call tooth-in-a-day! When you call to book your appointment ask our team about you can benefit from CEREC technology*.
*Available at participating locations.
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