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Dental Crowns & Dental Bridges

It Typically Takes Two Appointments to Place a Dental Crown

The first appointment involves shaping the tooth, taking its impression and placing a temporary crown. During this time a dental laboratory technician will fabricate your new dental crown. When you return for the second visit, Dr. Ho will cement the new custom-made crown in place to perfecty fit your bite.

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Dr. Ho is dedicated to creating the perfect fit for your crown and bridge treatment. During the two-phased process our team is there to walk you through each step. From consultation to finished smile you’ll be informed and confident you made the right choice. It’s time to get excited about rebuilding your smile.

What Are Dental Crowns?

A crown is like a cap or cup that sits over your existing tooth. Crowns look and feel like natural teeth. They hold the tooth together and strengthen the tooth to prevent fracture. Once placed, it becomes the tooth’s new outer surface. In comparison, a dental filling just fills in or repairs a portion of the existing tooth structure. On the other hand, a crown is permanently cemented over the existing tooth structure and thus provides the whole tooth with strength and retention.

Why Are Dental Crowns Placed?

Crowns are placed over teeth that have been weakened by large cavities or restorations. Also, some teeth that have had root canals need crowns. Finally fractured and or discolored teeth can be restored with crowns. Crowns restore strength, chewing efficiency, esthetics and even smile alignment.

What is The Treatment Procedure For Dental Crowns?

It typically takes two separate appointments for Dr. Ho to place a dental crown. These visits are usually scheduled about one week apart.

  • The first appointment involves minimal shaping the tooth (removal of decay and old filling), making a tooth mold and placing a temporary crown.
  • During the time period between the two appointments, a dental laboratory technician will fabricate your new crown.
  • At your second appointment Dr. Ho will cement the new custom-made crown to perfectly fit your smile and bite.

What is a Dental Bridge?

A bridge is needed when you have area(s) of tooth loss. The teeth next to this area receive crowns that are splinted together to fill the area where you have the tooth loss.

Why Are Dental Bridges and Dental Crowns So Expensive?

  1. Custom Made: No one in the world can wear your crown. A crown needs to perfectly fit your tooth shade, smile and bite. They are one of the few things in this world that are individually customized and not mass-produced. It takes a highly trained laboratory technician a week to hand make your crown.
  2. Investment of Time and Skill: Preparing a tooth for a crown is a time and skill intensive procedure. Your North Vancouver dentist Dr. Ho has invested in the latest equipment, hours of education and has had years of experience creating hundreds of beautiful crowns for his patients.
  3. Longevity: Crowns are simply the strongest, longest lasting tooth restorations we can place in the mouth. You will be “using” your crown 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your crown with proper maintenance should last decades. Try comparing that to the last computer you bought!
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