Porcelain Dental Crown
Porcelain dental crown patient in Calgary Dr. Jennifer Silver and his team place tooth crowns for Alberta patients who have weakened teeth that need protection. Tooth crowns work well for teeth that have become damaged due to injury or large areas of decay, or in cases where old metal fillings have broken the tooth structure down.
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Porcelain Dental Crown at Calgary
When faced with weakened tooth structure, it is often necessary to do this kind of renovation to save the tooth from extraction. In most cases, all-porcelain crowns are recommended to achieve a natural look and to prevent enamel breakage or cracking. For some patients, gold may be preferable, depending on the amount of damage and the degree of strengthening needed.
Replace large or worn-out fillings Replace cracked or leaking fillings Replace metal fillings Replace old or deteriorating crowns Restore fractured or broken teethCover discoloured teeth Cover and protect dental implants Cover and protect teeth that have been treated with root canals
Dr. Silver’s Calgary dentistry team prefers to use porcelain for most dental crowns because it is a material that is strong enough to withstand biting pressure — and because it does a great job of recreating the look and feel of natural enamel. When light hits the custom-made crown, it is reflected off of the porcelain in the same way as enamel. Because the entire tooth crown is porcelain, there is no worry about dark lines showing around the gum line.
Dr. Silver also places fixed bridges — made of a pontic (false tooth) fused between two dental crowns to help patients with missing teeth complete their smiles. In this case, the two crowns on either side of the false tooth are providing a high level of support for the new tooth and improving the condition and structures of the crowned teeth.
The crown procedure depends usually on the number of crowns you require, cosmetics and function. If you require individual crowns these are usually created in one visit with CEREC technology. The crown is made the same day as your appointment with no need to return for a fitting. It’s all completed at the same time. If your require a more complicated crown or multiple crowns then a mould is taken of the prepared tooth and sent to one of our laboratories for construction. During the time between the mould taking and the fitting of the crown you will have a temporary crown placed.
Teeth Crown / Porcelain Crowns Questions
The dental treatment that may work best for you will depend on several factors, including the level of enamel and tooth structure damage that needs repairing. White fillings are most often used for small to medium areas of decay or damage, while porcelain crowns are preferable for larger tooth issues that have actually weakened a tooth. To discuss your smile improvement options, schedule a consultation with our Alberta office today.
Most often, the teeth that require crowns are damaged teeth that may be susceptible to more severe damage without treatment. Men and women who have large areas of tooth decay, weakened teeth and other fundamental tooth problems can benefit from porcelain crowns. Patients with worn teeth due to grinding or neuromuscular misalignment may need crown placement, as well. Crowns may also be anchored to teeth in a fixed bridge, a dental restoration that replaces missing teeth. Crowns protect and strengthen teeth, and can improve smile appearance.
Porcelain crowns are strong and generally last for about 10 years. It is important that the patient practice good oral hygiene and visit us at least twice a year to ensure the tooth and crown remain in good condition. If a crown comes loose or becomes damaged, please notify our office immediately for correction.
The majority of crowns placed by Dr. Silver are porcelain teeth crowns. We also occasionally place gold crowns on the back molars where strong biting forces place a large amount of stress on teeth.
Porcelain Dental Crowns FAQ
Most people don’t think of porcelain crowns when they think of family dentistry; after all, the porcelain crown procedure is cosmetic. But they can be a valuable part of your family dentistry experience as well.
Southcentre Dental can be a convenient hub for all of your dental needs, including both family and cosmetic dental treatments. This arrangement allows you to rely on one dentist who you trust for all of you and your family’s dental needs.
It’s hard to offer an unqualified answer on exactly how long your porcelain crown will last; there are a lot of factors in play, including your bite and dental hygiene and the skill of the dentist. That said, a porcelain crown fitted by Dr. Silver should last you several years. If you take care of it and follow all of the steps laid out by Dr. Silver you can expect a porcelain crown to last for at least a decade.
However, Dr. Silver will give you a more detailed, personalized explanation and estimate himself.
One of the things Dr. Silver has learned during his time in both family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry is that a one-size-fits-all approach is not wise. This is particularly true for dental procedures and equipment. When installing your porcelain crown, Dr. Silver will have a crown fitted especially for you. He won’t pull a crown out a drawer and try to make it fit.
Dr. Silver will take a mold of your tooth and send it to our lab. There, we will craft a porcelain crown that is fabricated with your specific measurements and needs in mind.
Are you ready to start your new smile today? Please contact us today to set up your porcelain tooth crown consultation.