Dental Veneers and Crowns

Dental Veneers and Crowns

Let's talk aesthetics! You don't like the shape of your teeth? There are some spaces between them or they are not quite well positioned? Fortunately, you are not necessarily in need of an orthodontic treatment. Some cases may be corrected by dental veneers and crowns.

What are dental veneers ? A dental veneer is a white porcelain structure placed on the surface the tooth. It is typically used on anterior teeth and covers the visible surface of the tooth only. It can be compared to a mask placed on the face to hide some aesthetic issue.

What are dental crowns ? A dental crown is like a helmet placed on the head. It completely covers your tooth like a hat and is commonly made in porcelain and has the shape of a tooth. It can also be made in other materials.

The purpose of a dental crown goes beyond the aesthetic improvement of your mouth. In fact, it plays a crucial role in the protection of your tooth if  it was severely worn out or weakened by the presence of cracks or old restorations. It also serves to restore the function of a tooth replaced by an implant.

You have at your disposal several choices of materials (porcelain fused to a metal alloy, gold, all porcelain) for the making your crown. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages as well as its own indications and counter-indications. The final decision is dependent on you and on the clinical case encountered. We will help you with the options.

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Steps :

To get the most out of dental veneers and crowns, a full review and evaluation of your mouth must be performed in order to plan the desired optimization of the aesthetics. The occlusion, i.e. the position of  your teeth relatively to each other, and the periodontal health must be evaluated and treated if necessary before undertaking any form of restoration. The control of dental disease is also important since swollen gums and bleeding can compromise the properties of the product used and lead to a premature falling of your crowns.

Your teeth are cleaned and your old restorations are renewed if necessary. Often, digital prints of your teeth are taken as well as pictures.

The teeth in question are prepared with special burs. The print of these preparations is taken and sent to a dental lab and you are released with a provisional restoration.

Then begins the meticulous work of the dental technician who creates your crown by hand following our recommendations and design.

When your crown is completed, you will be called for the trying in and cimentation of the crown in your mouth. Adjustments are made if necessary.

Post Operative Instructions:

Avoid chewing hard things with teeth recently restored. Do not forget to maintain proper dental care at home and to visit us for your evaluation and cleaning every 6 months.

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