Crowns and Bridges
Teeth require dental crowns due to cracks, old damaged fillings, or bite problems. Our Leduc dental clinic can often complete a crown in one visit.
A dental crown is a protective porcelain shell or “cap” that fits over an original tooth or replacement post to restore function and aesthetic appeal.
First, our dentist will anesthetize the affected tooth and surrounding gums. We will then prepare the tooth for the crown and make a mold of it. The permanent crown to be fitted on the tooth is made at a laboratory, and usually takes from two to four weeks to complete. In the meantime, you will wear a temporary crown, until the permanent dental crown arrives at our office and can be carefully cemented into place.
Your dentist may recommend you for a CEREC crown. CEREC is a technology that allows our dentists to measure, create, and affix the dental crown all in one sitting. Unlike traditional dental crowns which take multiple visits to place, CEREC allows our dentists to do it all in one visit, thanks to computerized 3D modelling and 3D milling. The result is a composite, porcelain, or zirconia crown comparable to those made using the traditional method. Dental crowns are also often used in conjunction with other dental procedures such as dental bridges, dental implants, and smile makeovers.
If you have worn-down or cracked teeth, and would like to explore the benefits of dental crowns, contact our Leduc dental office today.
Dental inlays and onlays are restorations used to repair mild decay or damage in rear teeth.
They can also be used to repair cracked teeth in place of a dental crown if the damage is not too substantial. Since dental inlays and onlays can be made from durable tooth-coloured porcelain, they offer a much more enduring and natural-looking result than metal fillings.
Dental inlays can be used to replace old or damaged metal fillings, or to treat damage that lies between the cusps of the teeth or in the centre of the tooth. A dental onlay, however, is used to treat tooth decay that extends to one or more of the cusps. Essentially, both inlays and onlays are the same type of restoration placed differently, depending on the location of damage in the tooth.
Both inlays and onlays are placed in much the same way. First an impression of your tooth is taken and a temporary inlay or onlay is placed over the tooth. The impressions are sent to a dental lab where the inlay or onlay is created to match your tooth’s specifications. Once it is ready, the temporary inlay or onlay is removed and the permanent one is carefully placed over your damaged tooth. The entire procedure usually takes two dental visits to complete.
Visit us today at our dental clinic or contact us to find out how dental inlays and onlays may be able to enhance your smile.
Do you find that your missing teeth hinder your chewing and speech ability, and affect the overall appearance of your smile?
Over time, even more dental problems may arise and your teeth and bite may become misaligned. At our Leduc dental office, dental bridges are often used to fill in the gaps where there are missing teeth and to restore the function and appeal of your smile.
During a dental bridge procedure, our dentist will recontour and reshape the teeth on either side of the gap in your mouth. Dental crowns will be made to fit these teeth, and a natural-looking prosthetic tooth will be custom-crafted in a lab to fill the gap. Once the dental bridge has been crafted, our dentist will cement it securely in between your healthy teeth, leaving you with the same support and appearance of all-natural teeth.
A dental bridge procedure is often combined with other dental treatments for patients in need of a full smile makeover.
If you think dental bridges could benefit your smile, or if you would like more information about dental bridges, contact us today.
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