Crowns

When not enough tooth structure remains to hold a regular directly-placed filling, then an indirectly-made restoration such as an inlay, onlay or full-coverage crown is advised.  Whether your tooth needs a covering made of gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or all-porcelain, Summerside Dental has the knowledge, experience and dental technicians ready to provide the appropriate restoration for your tooth.

Lab-made crowns typically take a few weeks to be produced before being placed, during which time your tooth is protected with a temporary crown.  If material strength and durability are not as much of a concern to you as aesthetics are, then a natural-looking porcelain crown can be lab-made or created onsite in a single visit.

Benefits of Using CEREC

The same-day crowns at Summerside Dental are milled using a CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic) machine, which is an in-office digital CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) device. Our CEREC machine uses strong compressed dental porcelain, an industry-standard material, to create a unique crown customized to the individual tooth.

For patients who may not need inlays, onlays or full crowns but are simply looking to mask stains or close dental spaces, then composite fillings or lab-made veneers may be what you’re looking for.

Please contact us to schedule a consultation regarding which restoration and material is best suited for you.

Why should my tooth be crowned?

You should get a crown to protect your tooth from further deterioration. If your tooth has a cusp missing, is severely worn down, has had a root canal, or flexes when you bite on it (causing a quick sharp fleeting zing of pain — indicating that it is most likely cracked) then you could benefit from a crown to cover the entire surface of the tooth to prevent further fracture or wear. Call us at 780-665-4833 for a specific examination of your weak tooth.

Should my tooth have a same-day crown or a lab made crown?

If you prefer non-metal dental restorations, then you may value the aesthetic look of a same-day crown.  However, if you clench or grind your teeth, or have a very strong biting force with your chewing muscles, then a lab-made gold crown or porcelain-fused-to-metal crown would be a better choice for you.  Call us at 780-665-4833 for one of our general dentists to evaluate which type of crown would suit you best.

How long do crowns last?

Most insurance companies will pay for the replacement of a crown every 4 years, but many crowns last much longer than that — depending on the health and cleanliness of the mouth, the bite forces against the tooth, and the structural integrity of the remaining tooth structure underneath the crown.

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