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Do I Need Dental Crowns?

Do I Need Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are common dental procedures used to repair a decayed or damaged tooth. A solid cap or crown is placed over a tooth to protect it and prevent further decay.

Common Reasons for a Crown:

  • Your tooth is broken or severely worn down (from years of grinding): A crown can restore your tooth, making it possible to eat and sleep normally.
  • Your tooth has decayed or cracked: A crown can be used to hold your tooth together.
  • You have a large cavity: A crown can be used to cover your tooth and keep it safe and strong.
  • You have a misshapen or badly discoloured tooth: A crown can be used to cover it up.
  • You are missing a tooth: A crown can be placed on an implant to replace a tooth.

What Types of Permanent Crowns Are The Best?

Based on your personal needs, there a few options when deciding on the type of crown.

All-ceramic or all-porcelain:
These crowns are made entirely of ceramic or porcelain material no metal. These crowns offer beautiful, life-like restorations and can be used for front or back teeth.

Metal crowns
These crowns are usually made from gold alloy, palladium, or a base-metal alloy like nickel or chromium. Less of the original tooth structure needs to be removed, and there tends to be less wear on the opposing teeth that make contact with the crown during chewing and speaking.

Metal crowns rarely break and usually last the longest. It takes a long time to wear down a piece of metal. When used, they are typically used for back teeth.

Porcelain fused to metal

These crowns contain metal, but also have a porcelain veneer that can be made to match the colour of your other teeth. While the newer porcelain crowns are now replacing these, they can give a strong, long-lasting restoration.

All-resin

These crowns are made of an inexpensive synthetic material called resin, a chemical composite used in dental restorations. All-resin crowns are the least expensive, but not as strong as other crowns. They should be considered a transitional restoration until an appropriate crown can be made.

Talk to your dentist to find out which crown is best for you. You’re going to be living with this crown for many years, so make sure you are comfortable with its fit, durability, and style. Once you’ve decided, get ready for the royal treatment.

If you have any questions about dental crowns or if they are right for you, contact us. You can reach us at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Do I Need Veneers?

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Do you have discoloured, chipped, broken, widely spaced, or misshapen teeth? You might want to improve your smile with laminate veneers. Veneers are thin layers of tooth-like material, applied to the front of a tooth’s surface using strong adhesive cement. Since they are shaped like your tooth, veneers can create a natural, beautiful smile.

Veneers can be used to:

  • Improve the appearance of your teeth: If your teeth are stained, discoloured, or otherwise not looking their best, veneers can quickly improve your smile.
  • Protect damaged teeth from further harm: If your teeth have been damaged or have decayed over time, veneers can cover up the damaged tooth and protect it. But, if the damage and decay is too severe, a crown might be needed to protect the tooth. Crowns cover an entire tooth, while veneers only cover a tooth’s surface.
  • Create a straighter smile: If your teeth are not well aligned, veneers can straighten the appearance of your teeth without the full treatment involved with braces or other orthodontic procedures. (Note: Veneers are not always the ideal answer to straighten your teeth. Depending on the degree of re-alignment, veneers alone might not achieve the best results. Consult your dentist to determine which alignment option is best for you.).
  • Provide uniform shape, size, and symmetry: If your teeth are different shapes and sizes with gaps that cannot easily be closed with orthodontic work, veneers might be the answer. They can give you that symmetric, consistent-looking smile you always wanted

How long will my veneers last?

Veneers are a long-term investment in the appearance of your teeth. If you take care of them properly, they should last for many years. Veneers are almost as durable as real teeth.

If your veneers chip or fracture, they can usually be repaired without having to go to the full expense of replacement.

More than ever before, veneers and other cosmetic dentistry treatments are making it possible for people to repair, enhance, or create an entirely new smile that allows them to present their best face to the world.

If you have any questions about veneers or if they are right for you, contact us. You can reach us at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Should I Get Invisalign?

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Adults are one of the fastest growing groups of people undergoing orthodontic procedures. One of the major types of procedures is Invisalign. Invisalign is a type of dental alignment system. Similar to traditional braces, it can transform your smile and give you the straight teeth you’ve dreamed of. But, like the name suggests, Invisalign is practically invisible.

Many adults want to correct their smile, but they don’t want to go through the hassle, awkwardness, and discomfort of wearing traditional braces. With Invisalign, you can still get a straighter, well-adjusted smile, without many of the drawbacks that come with traditional metal braces.

Invisalign Benefits:

  • Removable aligners: Unlike traditional metal braces that are fastened to your teeth, Invisalign treatment is done with clear, removable aligners that are custom-made for you and fit directly over your teeth.
  • Flexible for any lifestyle: With Invisalign, you can remove the aligners if you need to. You can still play sports and have an active lifestyle while wearing them.
  • No more food stuck in your braces: One of the worst parts of wearing traditional braces, is getting food stuck on the wires and brackets. This is not the case with Invisalign. No food will ever get stuck on your Invisalign aligners, because you can remove them before you eat..
  • More comfortable: Invisalign treatment is intended to be more comfortable for your mouth than traditional braces. As your teeth move into place, the Invisalign process is easier on your gums and jaws. Also, since Invisalign aligners do not have brackets or wires, you are less likely to have the discomfort associated with traditional braces. (No more getting stabbed in the mouth with metal protrusions and jagged edges!)

Is Invisalign Only for Adults?

No. Although many people who get Invisalign treatment are adults, many teenagers are also using this method of teeth alignment. In terms of age, the only requirement is that you have lost all of your baby teeth and that your second molars are at least partially erupted.

Invisalign may not be right for everyone. Some people need a level of orthodontic work that can only be achieved with traditional braces. However, if you’re interested in the Invisalign method, talk to your dentist. We are happy to answer any of your questions.

You can reach us at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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