Decayed, worn down or fractured teeth can all be remedied by placing crowns or porcelain crowns over them which are shaped like a healthy tooth. Although there are aesthetic benefits to this treatment, the main reason for placing crowns is to strengthen damaged teeth so they can withstand the large forces we exert on them when we eat. And thanks to the latest developments, crowns and porcelain crowns can now blend in seamlessly with your other teeth.
Crowns are used for a number of reasons, mainly where veneers or dental bonding restorations don’t provide a strong enough solution.
Crowns, or porcelain crowns are also known as caps because they completely encircle the weak tooth above the gum and protect it. They can be made of metal (often gold), porcelain or a combination of the two. In a nutshell:
Each option has pros and cons and our initial consultation with you will determine which crowns will work best for you.
After an initial consultation, we will clean the tooth and then reshape it under local anesthesia to accommodate the crown.
We’ll then take a mould of your teeth and give this to our in-house lab where crowns and porcelain crowns are custom-made. The advantage of our in-house lab is that our technicians can reproduce the shape and colour of your existing teeth using ‘the real thing’ as a guide. During this time we provide you with a temporary crown.
When you visit us again, we’ll remove the temporary crown and place the new one to see it fits with your smile and bite. If we are happy with the result, your new crown is placed and you walk out with your smile restored!
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