Dr. Grant Moldenhauer and Dr. Brian Piercy in Canmore provide porcelain crowns, a covering that encases the entire tooth-surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth coloured crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and colour or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile. Reasons for choosing crowns include:
Broken or fractured teeth
Tooth has a root canal
Contact Canmore Smiles to learn more.
What Does Getting a Crown Involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite is accurate.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.
When you need to restore the look and function of your damaged tooth, dental crowns are the best possible solution. We have listed the types of crowns we provide to help you make the right choice.
Gold crowns are a combination of copper and other metals such as chromium or nickel. The advantage of having gold crowns is their strength and durability, which makes them especially useful for back teeth for patients who have a heavy bite.
It is entirely made of porcelain material and is the most popular type of crown used these days.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns have been used for many years, and they offer a great combination of strength and esthetics. They have a metal core that gives solidity and porcelain layered on the outside, which provides a natural, realistic look.
Zirconia crowns are a relatively new material that combines the strength of metal with the esthetics of porcelain crowns. They are made from zirconium dioxide, which is classified as a type of porcelain even though it is a type of metal related to titanium. Incredibly durable, it can come as a monolithic block resulting in a robust restoration that will look somewhat opaque. It can also be highly translucent and layered with E-Max porcelain, resulting in a beautiful crown that offers superb toughness. This is a great choice today when both strength and esthetics are desired.
E-Max is the latest type of crown used in dentistry. This full-ceramic crown made of lithium desilicated has excellent esthetics, transparency, durability, and strength. E-Max crowns make an excellent choice for a very realistic natural tooth replacement.
Types of E-max crowns include IPS e.max®, IPS e.max® CAD, IPS e.max® Press. For more information about our services, call us.
How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Help Improve the Appearance of My Smile?
If you’re feeling somewhat self-conscious about your teeth, or just want to improve your smile, cosmetic dental treatments may be the answer to a more beautiful, confident smile.
Cosmetic dentistry has become very popular in the last several years, not only due to the many advances in cosmetic dental procedures and materials available today, but also because patients are becoming more and more focused on improving their overall health. This includes dental prevention and having a healthier, whiter, more radiant smile.
There are many cosmetic dental procedures available to improve your teeth and enhance your smile. Depending on your particular needs, cosmetic dental treatments can change your smile dramatically, from restoring a single tooth to having a full mouth make-over. Ask your dentist how you can improve the health and beauty of your smile with cosmetic dentistry.
Thanks to the advances in modern dentistry, cosmetic treatments can make a difference in making your smile shine!
Should You Replace Your Amalgam Fillings?
Metal was once the most commonly used dental material used to fill cavities and repair damage. However, amalgam fillings are less popular than they used to be for a variety of reasons. If you currently have fillings that contain amalgam, you may have been told you should have them removed and replaced with newer composites. The reality is, there are several important factors to consider before deciding which material to use.
How Oral Surgery is Used to Benefit Your Long-Term Oral Health
Ideal oral health involves making sure that teeth are not only healthy but that the surrounding structures in and around the mouth function correctly. Maxillofacial Surgery, more commonly known as oral surgery, focuses on treating many diseases, injuries, and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws, and hard and soft tissues of the mouth. Oral surgery is essential for addressing both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the areas listed above.
Understanding the Causes of Sleep Apnea
For some, snoring is merely an inconvenient late-night distraction. What many don’t realize, however, is that snoring may be an indication of a deeper health issue – sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts while a person sleeps. This condition can often go undiscovered for some time, but specific symptoms can indicate you may need to undergo a sleep study.