A Crown (sometimes called a ‘cap’) is a tooth-shaped covering that fits over a badly decayed or broken-down tooth or Dental Implant. Crowns are the ideal dental restoration for broken teeth or ones weakened by decay, large fillings or root canal treatment. It can improve the strength, function and appearance of a tooth. Cosmetic Fillings have their limitations, often leaving Crowns as the best option.
what does the treatment involve?
A thorough examination, including an x-ray, to ensure the root is of sound health and to assess the health of all the supporting structures, especially the gums. You will need 2 visits. In the first appointment, your dentist will prepare the tooth (shape) to the ideal shape for the chosen crown, take dental impressions (we usually use a digital scanning device to obtain the impression) and a shade to match your natural teeth then fit a temporary crown. In the second appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and fit the permanent crown ensuring proper fit and occlusion (how the teeth come together). There will usually be 2 weeks between appointments.
what are they made of?
We use a variety of materials for our crowns. Porcelain bonded to metal, all ceramic, Zirconia and gold. Generally, our standard crowns are made from porcelain bonded to a metal base. This type of crown has been used by dentists for many years. The porcelain is matched closely to your natural tooth colour so no one will be able to tell. For an even more aesthetic option we can offer all ceramic and zirconia crowns, which can be graduated in colour and even give translucency at the tip.
how long do they last?
It depends on how well you look after them. The generally quoted average is 10 years, but they can last much longer with proper care.
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