A dental crown can be thought of as a life preserver for a tooth. When a tooth has extensive damage, our goal is to save the tooth. We do this by placing a tooth-shaped “CAP” to restore its strength, shape, and function. A crown covers the entire visible surface of the tooth down to the gum line. Crowns are necessary when the tooth is so broken down that a dental filling will not be effective.
Dr. Slepchik prefers to use a strong, esthetic material called Emax to fabricate his crowns. Emax is fracture-resistant and can achieve an extremely esthetic, natural-looking result.
What Issues Can Dental Crowns Fix?
Dr. Slepchik places his porcelain (Emax) crowns to address the following problems:
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Extremely worn teeth
- Teeth that have large fillings and/or fractured fillings
- Misshapen teeth
- Discoloured teeth
- Teeth that have had root canals
- Teeth on either end of a bridge
Why Porcelain Crowns?
It has the perfect combination of strength and appearance. Emax has the ability to provide the translucency and reflective properties of tooth enamel. Dr. Slepchik’s goal is for the crown (or crowns) to blend in naturally with your other teeth. When doing multiple teeth, we choose the shade and brightness to give you the most natural esthetic smile possible. With proper care at home as well as regular teeth cleanings with your hygienist, your porcelain crown (or crowns) will last a very long time.
Our porcelain is called Emax (technical name lithium disilicate)
What Our Patients Say
“I highly recommend Dr Slepchik and his team! I’ve been going there for several years now and my visits are always more pleasant than one would expect due to their very professional and very friendly approach” – Diana M.
The Dental Crown Procedure
Placing a crown requires 2 appointments with Dr. Slepchik. At the first appointment, any decay or damaged tooth material is removed from the tooth. You are frozen with our Dental Vibe along with the Wand system which masks the feeling of the injection. The exterior of the tooth is shaved down slightly on all sides and the top to create room for the crown.
This also creates an excellent bonding surface to cement the crown to. We then take digital impressions of the tooth and the surrounding teeth with our Itero system. Our dental lab receives the images from the Itero system directly to create your crown. The lab also receives exact specifications on the colour, contour, and shape that Dr. Slepchik wants. The lab then makes an accurate model of the tooth (or teeth) involved.
The communication between Dr. Slepchik and the lab is essential to achieve a high-quality result that both he and his patient expect. Dr. Slepchik’s office will receive the newly fabricated crown in about 2 weeks. A temporary crown is bonded to your tooth to protect it until the permanent crown can be placed. This first appointment takes 1 hour.
When your crown is ready, you return here for your second appointment. We clean and disinfect your teeth and check the crown for the fit and to make sure the colour matches with the adjacent teeth. Once you are satisfied, the crown is bonded permanently on to your tooth. No recovery is needed; you can eat normally when leaving our office. This appointment is 30 minutes.