When a tooth requires more than a filling, a crown may need to be considered. A crown can make your tooth stronger and enhance or perfect the cosmetic appearance of your teeth.
What is a crown?
A crown, also commonly known as a cap, is an artificial covering that fits seamlessly over the existing natural tooth. Crowns are used to repair badly decayed, root filled, broken or severely discoloured teeth. Crowns are also used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already been broken.
The procedure for placing a dental crown normally takes two dentist visits. Your first appointment will involve your dentist examining the tooth to make sure it can support a crown and then begin filing the tooth down to prepare it for the crown. If the tooth is too broken or damaged, your dentist will fill in the tooth and make it large enough to receive the crown. When you leave your first appointment you will have a temporary crown fitted to protect the underlying tooth until your permanent crown is ready.
On your second visit your dentist will put the permanent crown in place with a special adhesive similar to cement. It may take a while to get used to your new crown, however after a short time it should feel, function and look like a regular tooth. Once placed it becomes the tooths new outer surface and can result in decay, so to increase the life of your implants ensure your gums and teeth stay healthy by brushing twice a day and flossing daily.
Types of crowns we offer
Today, we offer both porcelain and gold materials for your crowns, taking into consideration the area where the crown is to be placed, function and aesthetic requirements.
Gold crowns are created from cast gold and the technique has been in existence for over a hundred years and is still the most successful. As aesthetics are becoming more important gold crowns are generally placed at the back of the mouth.
The benefits of porcelain crowns are that they not only replicate the function of your original tooth but can be designed to look exactly the same as your other, remaining teeth. When patients choose porcelain crowns they usually choose them for cosmetic reasons and select them for the front teeth.
If you think that a crown might be a good option for you, please contact us!