Niverville Heritage Centre

Crowns - What, Why, How

So we’ve told you that you need a crown on your tooth.  Congratulations! You are now royalty, haha.  That’s such a lame dental joke, but you can’t blame me for trying! All lame joking aside I’m going to chat about what a dental crown is, why you may need one, and how the process works.

Can you guess which tooth has the crown that Dr. Sunayna did on this patient?

Can you guess which tooth has the crown that Dr. Sunayna did on this patient?


A crown is essentially a cap that provides full coverage over your existing tooth to prevent it from fracturing.  It is cemented (ie. glued) to your tooth permanently.

Crowns can be made of a variety of materials such as gold, porcelain, and porcelain fused to metal to name a few.  The right material for you will be discussed and decided upon between you and your dentist and is dependent on the situation. However, in 99% of cases a material is used that can be matched to the shade of the rest of your teeth therefore providing a natural look.


Here is a patient who presented with a fractured premolar.

Here is a patient who presented with a fractured premolar.

There are many different situations that can warrant the recommendation of a crown.  The first is a broken tooth.  A tooth can break for multiple reasons such as a crack present in the tooth, the way your teeth meet together, grinding or clenching, or accidental just to name a few.  When this happens, a filling must be done in order to fill the broken or missing part of the tooth.  If the tooth ends up being more filling than actual tooth, the tooth is prone to fracture again especially when subjected to the natural forces of chewing and grinding, therefore a crown is recommended.

Another reason a tooth may need a crown is because the tooth has had a root canal.  When a root canal is done, the tooth must be filled in order to replace the amount of tooth lost.  Again, in most situations this means the tooth will be more filling than actual tooth, therefore being at risk for fracture.

As you can see, the fractured tooth has been filled resulting in a tooth that is more filling than actual tooth. Therefore, a crown is recommended to prevent it from fracturing again.

As you can see, the fractured tooth has been filled resulting in a tooth that is more filling than actual tooth. Therefore, a crown is recommended to prevent it from fracturing again.

If a tooth has a large cavity, it will require a filling in order to remove the decay present.  If the size of the resulting filling is also large, a crown may be recommended in order to protect the tooth.

If a tooth is left without the protection of a crown for too long, the tooth can fracture beyond pair requiring the tooth to be extracted!

Finally, sometimes, a crown is done for esthetic purposes to mask the discolouration of a tooth or to cover a misshapen tooth.


1. At your first appointment, we will pick a shade for your crown and have you approve it.  Local anesthetic is given and the tooth is filed down to a smaller version of itself.

2. An impression of the tooth is taken so that the lab can fabricate your crown.

A back molar has been prepared for a crown.

A back molar has been prepared for a crown.

3. We will make you a temporary crown to cover your tooth until your permanent crown is ready. Your temporary crown will NOT be the same colour or shape as your permanent crown, so don’t worry when you see it!

4. At your second appointment the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is placed.  We ensure the fit, shade, shape and colour are correct.  The crown is then permanently cemented to your tooth.

It is important to note that in some circumstances your tooth may need special procedures prior to doing a crown such as orthodontics, gum, or root canal treatment.

Don’t forget, you must treat a crown like a regular tooth! A crown can get a cavity underneath if it is not being taken care of properly! Be sure to brush, floss, and come for regular hygiene appointments in order to increase the longevity of your crown.

Well, you are officially a dental crown expert! If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to come by the office and ask me. See you at the office! -Dr. Sunayna

Fun at the Niverville Fair & Parade!

Photo by Meghan Corbett

Photo by Meghan Corbett

Everyone here knows the second weekend in June can only mean one thing – time for the Niverville Fair & Parade! Every year we all gather to eat candy apples, scream our faces off on rides, sway to the music, and enjoy the Summer weather.

It’s become an annual tradition for us gals from Niverville Heritage Dental to take part in the parade.  We bring our kids along and sometimes even our husbands (thanks Stan for always being our driver!) as we set out to meet and greet all the people who have lined the streets and giveaway our toothbrushes! After all, you need to brush your teeth after all that cotton candy you eat at the Fair, right?

Photo by Meghan Corbett

Photo by Meghan Corbett

For the past three years we have loved being apart of the parade and people have asked why we do it.  Here’s the real reason – we believe in COMMUNITY.  We don’t want to be just a regular dental office in town.  We want to be apart of the community.  We loved saying hi to all those familiar faces along the parade route, as well as being stopped and even photo bombed by some patients while we were taking photos at the Fair!

Whether it is sponsoring your child’s sports team or field trip, donating to your wedding social, or speaking at the Elementary school, we want be known as a community staple here in Niverville and in the surrounding areas. 

We’ve got some big plans in the works and we can’t wait to share with you what we have planned! In the meantime, check out this video by the super talented Onairam Studios of us doing what we do best – laughing and having a ball at the Fair this year.  Enjoy!

Being a Mama - Mother's Day

As Mother’s Day approaches and since we are an all female team compromised mostly of Mamas, we decided to give you our take on motherhood, both the good and the challenges! Basically we are trying to keep it real! We hope that all you Mamas out there can relate to our experiences because as we know, when Mamas support Mamas amazing things happen. Happy Mother’s Day!

Kaitlin with Natasha and Baby Max!

Kaitlin with Natasha and Baby Max!


Hi everyone! As of March 13th we added a new little one to our family, Natasha got a baby brother named Max! I am now back in the newborn stage and I must say it is much easier the second time around for me (not for everyone I know) but there are still many struggles. I didn’t really remember how waking up multiple times during the night for feedings can affect me, I need my sleep! I go to bed around 8pm or whenever he falls asleep so I can function knowing I’ll be up a few times at night. I am also always worried about stuff like is he getting enough food, sleeping enough, sleeping too long in between feedings, should I wake him or let him sleep, etc. The worrying never ends!

Natasha is in love with her baby brother and likes to help where she can. This is definitely one of the highs about being a parent, seeing Natasha love on her little brother! It also melts my heart when she tells me “You’re beautiful” in her adorable 2 year old voice randomly, or after I’ve combed my hair (yes I rock the mom bun ALL THE TIME!), and all I’m thinking is I’m 1 month postpartum looking 6 months pregnant still and nothing in my closet fits!

Being a mom is a lot of work, and you are on 24/7.  Even when you go away you are still thinking of them. It is hard work but it is such rewarding work. I wasn’t a girl who dreamt of being a mom growing up, but I am so happy that I was able to become a mom to our two littles. I will take the waking up multiple times during the night, the throwing up (which always happens in the middle of the night, in bed) and the tantrums, for the random “you’re beautiful”, the hugs and kisses, and seeing the joy in their faces and the laughter they bring.


Being a mother and all it entails is almost impossible to describe, but let’s start with what people don’t tell you!  No one tells you that labour is not like the movies where a gush of water comes out and out pops a baby, no problem!  No one tells you that you will leave the hospital essentially wearing a diaper.  No one tells you that you will NOT look like Kate Middleton in a perfect outfit with perfect hair and in heels leaving the hospital (I totally thought I would).  In fact, I could barely walk out of the hospital the first time around.  Finally, no one tells you how overwhelmed you may feel staring at this baby, not really sure how you’re going to keep this human (and yourself) alive.

Dr. Sunayna with Niam and Samaya!

Dr. Sunayna with Niam and Samaya!

But no one can also explain to you the feeling you get when your child(ren) smile at you for the first time.  No one can explain the joy you feel when they say “Mama” for the first time (especially if it’s their first word, haha).  No one can explain how you just know what every coo, groan, or cry means.  No one can explain the secret elation you feel when they come into your bed in the middle of the night and you pretend to be upset but you’re not because you know one day it will stop.  No one can explain how you can feel like you’re going to lose your mind one second because your toddler is having a meltdown over the way you spread his peanut butter, but then the pure love you feel the next second when they tell you they love you. Finally, no one can explain the strength that you just naturally possess the second you become a mother. 

I’ve only been a mother of two children who are the loves of my life for five years now but here’s what I’ve realized.  Whether you are a working mom, a stay at home mom, or a mom whose kids are all grown up, GUILT and BALANCE are always a constant struggle.  I want all of us moms or mother like figures out there to know that it’s okay to take care of ourselves too.  Taking care of ourselves only makes us more available and better to be able to mother our kids.  So my hope is that this Mother’s Day you get a chance to either get your nails done, grab a coffee, sleep in, or just be alone with your thoughts for a bit.  Now I’m going to try to take my own advice! Happy Mother’s Day!

Nikki with her girls Tierzah, Daisy, and Nyah!

Nikki with her girls Tierzah, Daisy, and Nyah!


For those of you who don’t know, my husband and I have 3 teenage daughters ages 16, and 15 year old twins. Yup twins! Daisy, our daughter, was 19 months when the twins were born. We were overjoyed, excited and super scared!

It has been quite the roller coaster ride though out. The first couple of years were the toughest. I’m the type of person that makes sure everything is perfect. Our girls would arrive to church (because that’s the only day we really got out of the house!) all dressed well, hair done, looking all cute, and I would look all put together as well. But inside I was stressed out and grumpy because it was so much work!

There definitely were more good days than hard days! Nothing like seeing your kids after a day at work and them being so excited to see you and wrapping their little arms around you! Though I don’t get that response anymore, our girls still give us hugs and exchange “I love you’s” always! Motherhood is the most challenging yet rewarding time! Enjoy your time with your kids this Mother’s Day!

Amanda with her kids Ethan and Hayley!

Amanda with her kids Ethan and Hayley!


My high of being a mom is very simple, watching my kids succeed.  My biggest challenge is seeing my kids struggle.  But by far, the greatest high is seeing them succeed over their struggles.

One of my favourite quotes is, "One of the greatest gifts a parent can give their child is their presence." I find in today's society there are so many distractions around us that I have to be conscientious on what's really important and that is the giving of your own time.  I try to remind myself to cherish the little things, and also to not sweat the small stuff.  I also remind myself to keep my head up as there is so much joy in the exchange of a smile. Happy Mother’s Day!


 Mom/Mommy/Mother/Mama [Noun, verb]

1.       A person who does the work of many for free.

See also; chef, taxi, cheerleader, teacher, nurse, multi-tasker, crazy, saint

No matter what your child(ren) call you, I am sure you can relate to the above!! Me too!! I am usually known as Mommy or Mom, and absolutely love it! I dreamt about being a mom since I was just a little girl playing with my dolls, and as I grew old enough to babysit, I spent most of my weekends doing so. I have always loved children!

Rachele with her daughters Jaidyn and Brynlee!

Rachele with her daughters Jaidyn and Brynlee!

I think we can all agree that being a mom is one of the most rewarding, yet challenging jobs around. Some may disagree, but when my girls were younger, those were the easy days for me. Yes, they couldn’t always communicate what was wrong or what they needed, but life seemed simpler for me. They were likely some of the most easygoing babies/toddlers I have seen. It felt so rewarding to see what I made, what was a part of me and how they grew up throughout the years. How can a Mom not be proud?!

As they grow older, have their own opinions and are self-minded, this is where I find motherhood challenging! Bodies start to change, emotions and hormones play more and more into their everyday lives. I find the challenges can be teaching them both how to be strong during difficult times yet letting them figure out how to get out of it themselves. Also, teaching them that there will be plenty of challenges as they grow up, life isn’t all unicorns and rainbows is another aspect of motherhood I find challenging. As the years go by, I realize that tough love is such a thing! We are just entering pre-teen years for my oldest, and I am beginning to believe that payback definitely is such a thing! (Sorry Mom!). But all said and done, I would not change a single thing. My girls make me so proud each and every day! It’s amazing how they can brighten my day! Happy Mother’s Day!

Use It or Lose It - Getting the Most Of Your Dental Benefits

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Hi! This is Ainsley, and I'm the office manager here at Niverville Heritage Dental Centre.  I'm going to be talking to you about your dental insurance and how you can get the most of your dental insurance plan, especially since the end of the year is drawing near!

Hi! I’m Ainsley, our office manager!

Hi! I’m Ainsley, our office manager!

Dental insurance is often renewed on a yearly basis, understanding your plan is the first step to making the most out of the benefits you could be receiving. 

Dental insurance, simply put, can take some or all of the cost associated with most dental treatments off of the patient and into the hands of the Insurance provider.  You pay a monthly premium to have these benefits at your disposal, why not make the most of them?!

The best way to ensure you are getting the most from your benefits is to schedule and keep your routine recare appointments (i.e. dental cleanings and exam).  During these appointments a full hygiene cleaning is done, as well as a thorough check up by your dentist. Having routine check ups with your dentist allows us to find any problems while they are small and address them right away before they have a chance to turn into larger problems.  With most insurance companies, routine maintenance and cavity treatments are often covered at a higher percentage compared to major dental work such as crowns, bridges, dentures, etc.  Most of the time, major work is needed when a small problem wasn’t dealt with and left to grow, so catching problems early on is key to making the most of your benefits!

You’ve all heard the saying “Use it or lose it.”  Well, the same applies for your benefits!  Each year every family member covered on any dental insurance plan has their very own limit to use and if you don’t use it, it is not carried over to the next year. Taking this into consideration when planning any routine or more extensive treatment needing done will help you use the benefits you are entitled to each year and ensuring you have the maximum funds allotted for the following year should you need them. 

We know dental insurance policies can be confusing, we can help with that!  If you are unsure what your plan entails we can help set you on the right track to deciphering it.  We can let you know who to call and even what to ask in order to help you better understand your coverage.  Once we are provided with the details of your personal plan we can even help track your coverage to make sure you stay within the limits and are aware of what portion you would need to pay if any for any treatment or preventative maintenance you may need.

The time of year when insurance benefits are resetting is drawing near!  Most dental insurance plans go by calendar year, which means your plan likely expires on December 31st, and renews for the new year on January 1st. This means if you have any pending treatment to do, make the most of your benefits and use it up before you lose that money by December 31st. Remember, this is the busiest time of year for us as everyone is trying to get in to make the most of their benefits! Don’t get left out! Book now to save your spot! Remember, help us help you make the most of the dental benefits you are entitled to! 

Mouth Guard Mania!


September is Mouth Guard Month!

Calling all parents! It’s that time of year again, it’s Hockey and Ringette season! That means it’s time for our annual Mouth Guard Month! Lace up those skates, grab that stick, and most importantly, make sure your kids have a custom fitted mouth guard from us! We think kids being active and playing sports is a great thing, so much so, that we are a proud sponsor of some of our awesome local teams such as the Clippers (look out for our sign in the Niverville Centennial Arena).  However, did you know dental injuries to the face are the most common type of injury when playing sports? For this reason, dentists (and most sports regulatory boards) either recommend or mandate the use of mouth guards.

Custom fitted mouth guards are especially made to fit your mouth by your dentist. They are superior to other mouth guards for several reasons:

a.    A custom fitted mouth guard will significantly reduce injuries to the head and neck by protecting your jaw joint.  It also aids in preventing concussions as it acts as a cushion for your lower jaw, and decreases the chances of breaking your front teeth by almost 90%!

b.    A custom fitted mouth guard also protects the soft tissues such as your lips, cheeks, tongue and gums from injury and lacerations.

c.    A custom fitted mouth guard does not impair your breathing or speech. It is made for your mouth, therefore there is no need to clench down on it in order to hold it in place.

Even children with braces should wear a mouth guard.  It will protect the child from being injured from the brackets and wires should an impact occur.  Additionally, children with both baby and adult teeth should have a new guard made as needed as the mouth changes with every tooth that is lost, and with every tooth that erupts.

For the month of September, all young athletes ages 7-17 can have a custom fitted mouth guard made by us for only $40 (regularly priced $120)! Please call 204-988-3634 to book your child’s appointment as spots do fill quickly. See you at the office and on the ice!