Dental crowns are generally used to restore teeth that have been badly damaged through dental decay, cracking or weakening through a history of previous fillings. They are prosthetic restorations that cover most the original tooth, thereby reinforcing and protecting it in the bite. Crowns are now most often made from ceramic which successfully imitates the natural composition of your teeth. In some instances gold is a preferred choice where there are very excessive loads on a back tooth.
Conventional and digital CADCAM technology is used to create the perfect porcelain restoration. At the dental laboratory, the ceramicist works closely to the dentists’ prescription to produce restorations that will be functional and durable as well as beautiful and natural.
What to expect during a crown fitting
Old filling material is removed. Bonding is used to build up a good base and the tooth and core is very precisely prepared and shaped for the optimal restoration. Impressions and bite records are taken and a temporary crown is usually fabricated and fitted. Longer appointments are required for crown preparations. If multiple teeth are to be prepared appointments can be a few hours in duration! You will always be informed as to what to expect.
Once the crown has been created in the lab, we will need to see you for the fitting. This is usually around two weeks after the final impressions. Temporaries are removed, the crowns are tried and any minor adjustments are made. The teeth are cleaned thoroughly and a precise bonding or cementation protocol is followed.
As with the natural dentition and more so with a heavily restored teeth you will need to maintain your good dental regime to make sure the supporting root and gums remain in optimum health. Any restored tooth is subject to failure if oral disease processes continue unchecked.Return to the Treatments page