Dental Crowns are designed to encase a tooth and restore it to its former function, strength and appearance.
A tooth may become weak due to trauma, decay or from extensive dental work such as root canal therapy. A crown will provide a protective cover for your tooth to restore it back to its original form and function. They may be made of high quality porcelain or gold.
Precision preparation of the tooth is carried out to ensure your new crown fits and integrates perfectly with your surrounding and opposing natural teeth and bite. Impressions of the tooth are taken, and a temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth. At the next visit, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is fitted, adjusted and finally cemented into place.
When are Crowns Needed?
Crowns are recommended when damage to a person’s teeth is extreme and there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left to place a filling. Crowns are used to…
- Strengthen teeth, including root canal treated teeth
- Restore heavily filled/worn teeth
- Improve the appearance of teeth
- Protect fractured teeth
- Accommodate the attachment of a fixed bridge
How Long Will Crowns Last?
Crowns are used for long lasting correction of major dental problems. It is not unusual to see crowns that have been in place for 20 to 30 years, which is as close to permanent as dental treatment can get.
The best way to make the most out of your crown is to care for it as you would any other teeth you wish to preserve.
Proper oral hygiene, including flossing at least once a day and brushing twice daily is just as important as ever to help keep your teeth and gums healthy, along with regular hygiene appointments.
If you are missing more than one tooth, then your surrounding teeth are likely to move into the empty spaces, causing your remaining teeth to become misaligned, increasing your risk of developing jaw and bite problems.
A dental bridge is a way of replacing these missing teeth. Made of strong porcelain, the procedure is similar to the one carried out to develop a crown.
The supporting teeth either side of the gap, to which the bridge is bonded, are prepared and the bridge is precisely constructed to fit snugly over the top.