What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a cap that covers the tooth to improve the appearance and strength of your teeth. They are made out of a ceramic that looks like natural tooth enamel. A dental crown can also support and protect any compromised teeth and restore normal function.
The Purpose of a Crown
Dental crowns are used for a range of reasons such as restoring broken or misshapen teeth and protecting weak or vulnerable teeth from future breaking. Other reasons that you may require a dental crown is to support a tooth with a large filling, hold a dental bridge in place or protect a tooth that has had root canal treatment.
Types of Dental Crown
There are four main types of dental crowns, Gold and Porcelain Bonded Shell crowns require a minimal amount of tooth reduction. Whereas a porcelain fused to metal crown, all ceramic and Procera Zirconia crowns require a moderate amount of tooth reduction.
Compared to porcelain veneers, dental crowns are stronger, last longer and allow more versatility.
If you have a missing tooth next to the teeth that require crowns, we can use those teeth to support a porcelain dental bridge. A dental bridge is a segment of dental crowns joined together to replace a missing tooth and provide additional stability and strength to teeth.
The Process in Receiving a Dental Crown
Treatment can be completed within two appointments, the first appointment involves reducing the tooth’s circumference to make room for the dental crown. The exact shape of the prepared tooth needs to be fabricated and this process takes two weeks, a plastic temporary tooth crown is fitted while you wait for your crown to be fabricated. The second appointment is where the crown is fitted and permanently cemented into place.
To find out whether dental crowns are suitable for you book an appointment with one of our dentists.
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