Dental Crowns

Crowns are necessary when teeth are weakened or cracked. This may be due to a tooth which has been overfilled to the point where a crown is need to strengthen the tooth. Teeth may also be fractured by severe grinding of the teeth (Bruxism) or trauma. Most of our crowns are made in tooth colored ceramics which look very natural. In some cases a gold crown is still a good option.

Where damage to a person’s teeth is extreme, and apparently beyond repair, we can use porcelain  crowns to make the smile appear “as new”. This is an extremely reliable technique for repairing the most severe of dental problems, even replacing missing teeth to offer a complete smile and a functional bite. We are renowned for the quality of our work and the fantastic changes we make for people using this technology. These treatments are used for a long-lasting correction of major dental problems. It is usual for these treatments to last for 20 to 30 years, which is as close to permanent as dental treatment can get.

How long does it take to fit a dental crown?

Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to our office. Initially, we will remove decay, shape the tooth, and fit it with a temporary crown of either plastic or metal. These temporary crowns are comfortable and functional while you are waiting for the permanent crown to be made at our Dental Laboratory.

On the subsequent visit, we will remove the temporary crown and then fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, we will cement the crown into place and you have a new beautiful looking tooth. For this appointment most patients are comfortable without being numb.

Key Benefits of Dental Crowns

  • Offers strength and support to misshapen teeth or badly broken teeth
  • Can be made to look completely natural
  • Fixes “smile” and functional chewing problems

What are the capabilities of crowns?

Crown and bridgework is a very reliable solution for major dental problems caused through accidents, diseases or wear and tear. Major problems can usually be corrected using these techniques. Material used in these repairs is either high-grade porcelain, porcelain bonded to gold or full gold. A higher strength of the porcelain and gold materials is recommended to treat the most serious of dental problems. Where accidental damage has occurred, resulting in lost teeth, or where teeth have broken away through excessive wear, or as the result of old fillings breaking, dental crowns and/or dental bridges can be used as a long-term solution.

Many people have unexplained pain from filled back teeth, which is usually due to hairline cracks in the chewing part of the tooth. Placing crowns on these teeth relieves the pain and allows a return of full dental function for these teeth. If the pain persists too long root canal treatment may be necessary. In front teeth, older fillings can both weaken the teeth and cause “appearance” problems due to staining or chipping. Porcelain crowns and bridges are suitable in cases where porcelain veneers are not. In teeth with root canal fillings, crowns can prevent breakage.