Porcelain Dental Crown
Providing Better Smiles to Calgary & nearby areas of Alberta
Porcelain dental crown patient in Calgary Dr. Steven Cload 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.
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.
Porcelain dental crowns may be used to:
Replace large or worn-out fillingsReplace cracked or leaking fillingsReplace metal fillingsReplace old or deteriorating crownsRestore fractured or broken teethCover discoloured teethCover and protect dental implantsCover and protect teeth that have been treated with root canals
Dr. Cload’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.
Fixed Bridges and Crowns
Dr. Cload 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 Porcelain Crown Procedure
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.
Porcelain Dental Crowns FAQ
What Are The Advantages of Going to a Family Dentist for Porcelain Crowns?
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.
What Problems Can Porcelain Crowns Address?
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. Cload should last you several years. If you take care of it and follow all of the steps laid out by Dr. Cload you can expect a porcelain crown to last for at least a decade.
However, Dr. Cload will give you a more detailed, personalized explanation and estimate himself.
Is My Porcelain Crown Pre-Made?
One of the things Dr. Cload 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. Cload will have a crown fitted especially for you. He won’t pull a crown out a drawer and try to make it fit.
Dr. Cload 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.