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Description: Whether you’re getting fillings, crowns, veneers, implants and dental brackets, chances are they will be made out of ceramic materials, especially if you are allergic to metal. Luckily, today’s ceramics are stronger than ever.

How it’s done: The strongest ceramic available on the market today is called Lithium Disilicate. It’s three times stronger than any other on the market. It’s primarily used for metal-free crowns if you have large fillings, and when done correctly, they are indistinguishable from your natural tooth. It takes about an hour to prep the tooth for the crown, and then a temporary crown is put on until the permanent ones come in. It takes about a week for the ceramic crown to arrive, and then it is fused to the tooth. 

Complications: Discomfort or sensitivity, a loose crown, or the crown falling off can occur. Chipping is also possible, but less likely if your dentist uses Lithium Disilicate.

Recovery: Your dentist may numb the tooth, and it takes a couple of hours for that to wear off, but otherwise there is no recovery. However, you will be asked to avoid sticky, chewy or hard foods to avoid dislodging or breaking the crown, and you will also need to shift which side of your mouth you use to chew for a little while. You will also be shown a new flossing technique so that you don’t accidentally dislodge the crown. 

Cost: Approximately $900 per tooth.

Considering this procedure? Browse a list of Dentists in Canada.