Dental Crowns

When the health of a tooth is compromised due to extensive decay or a bad crack, it may be in danger of needing extraction. In most cases this should be a last resort. The best option is usually that of a dental crown.

If you are in need of a crown, you might be concerned about the length of time and preparation work that it takes to get a traditional crown. Luckily, there are CEREC crowns, which are done in a single visit to Metcalfe Street Dental.

This is done by using advanced CAD/CAM technology to image the tooth and create a long lasting crown restoration that is ready within a couple hours.

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown or “cap” as it is commonly known is a porcelain crown that is milled to match the original shape of the natural tooth. The color is also precisely matched to the adjacent teeth.

The underlying damaged tooth needs to be shaved down on all sides and the top. This creates room for the crown. Once a tooth has a crown, you can use it normally, without worrying about its strength.

When Do You Need a Dental Crown?

You may need a crown if you have:

  • Broken or fractured teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Teeth with large fillings
  • Teeth with fractured fillings
  • Severely worn teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Severely stained teeth
  • Teeth that have had a root canal
  • The teeth on both sides of a bridge

To determine if you need a dental crown or if you are a candidate for same-day-crowns, you will need to have a consultation. Book an appointment today or call us directly at (613) 237-7177.

Same-Day Dental Crown

After your initial consultation, the first step in the same day crown process is to remove any decay or damaged material from the tooth. Then the tooth is prepared for the crown by shaving down a portion of the tooth on all sides and on the top. This makes room for the crown to fit over the tooth and still occupy the same space as the original natural tooth. Once this preparation is complete, we take a series of photographs and other measurements to provide the data for our CEREC system.

We are then able to design your crown right in the system, allowing you to see what it will look like. The design information/specs are sent to the CEREC milling station, which takes the data and mills a block of solid dental porcelain to the specs, creating your custom crown.

Once the CEREC crown is complete, we place the crown onto your tooth with a temporary bonding material so that we can test the bite and see if you are satisfied with the fit. Once we agree everything is right, we cement the crown permanently onto your tooth.

We provide local anesthetic when we are preparing your tooth, so you feel nothing during the procedure.

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