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A porcelain crown protects and strengthens the entire surface of the tooth, restoring it to its original shape and size. It may also be used as a solution when the surface of the tooth is a problem but the root is still healthy. We may recommend a crown if your tooth is fractured, has an extremely large filling that isbroken down, is severely damaged by cavities or has had root canal treatment leaving the tooth brittle and susceptible to fracture.
Porcelain crowns not only strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure; they also help keep your jaw and bite aligned. Older crowns do not last forever and start to leak over time, leading to cavities underneath the crown. Today’s technology is so advancedthat you may want to consider replacing your old, leaking crowns with new natural looking ones. We carefully match the colour of your porcelain crowns so that they blend with your natural teeth.
Porcelain crowns not only strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure; they also help keep your jaw and bite aligned for proper function. Older crowns start to leak over time, leading tocavities underneath the crown.
A crown procedure usually involves two short visits. During your first visit, we will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and building a healthy foundation to support the crown. Next, we will take impressions from which the crown is made. A temporary crown is placed until the permanent one is ready.
Within two weeks, you will return to have your temporary crownremoved and your new crown placed. The porcelain crown will protect your tooth however as with all procedures, proper home care and regular dental visits will help prolong the life of your new crown.
How do Crowns Work?
A crown is used to entirely cover or "cap" a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crowncan also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it isboth strong and attractive.
Your dentist may recommend a crown to:
• Replace a large filling when there isn't enough tooth remaining
• Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
• Restore a fractured tooth
• Attach a bridge
• Cover a dental implant
• Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
• Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
You will be excited to know that porcelain bridges are an excellent alternative to replace missing teeth and may be able to replace your old partial denture - eliminating the need to remove an appliance every night. Made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth, these porcelain restorations will give you a long-lasting beautiful smile.
A porcelain bridge is a customdevice that is bonded to neighbouring teeth to replace one or more missing teeth. When a lost tooth is replaced with a bridge, the teeth on either side of the missing one are prepared as crowns to hold the artificial tooth in place. Porcelain material is the most popular choice because it is durable and maintains the natural look of your smile.
A bridge procedure usually requires two appointments.The first appointment is for the preparation and impression of the teeth and the next appointment within two weeks for permanent bridge placement. The porcelain bridge will protect your teeth from problems stemming from missing teeth. As with all procedures, proper home care and regular dental visits will help prolong the life of your new bridge.
How do Bridges Work?
A bridge may be...
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