What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over your natural tooth, to restores its shape, size, strength, as well as improving its appearance. A single imperfect tooth, even if it is only slightly damaged, can have a severe effect on ones confidence stopping them from smiling, talking and therefore limits their personality and ability to interact with others.
If your tooth is damaged, cracked or broken then it may need protecting for these reasons:
To restore its appearance
To protect its’ functionality
To Prevent further damage or decay
Types of Dental Crowns
Full porcelain crown, jacket crown or metal free crown made of zirconium or aluminium-oxide seems to be the most modern fixed dental restoration work in aesthetic dentistry.
Crowns are an ideal way to rebuild teeth which have been broken, or which have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. The crown fits over the remaining part of the tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape and the contour of a natural tooth.
We recommend Full Porcelain Crowns for restoration work of upper and/or lower front teeth. In aesthetic terms Full Porcelain Crowns are superior to Porcelain Fused to Metal/Gold Crowns because they are produced using full porcelain, thus allowing for a more natural appearance.
Full Porcelain Crown treatment is arranged in the following steps according to the results of the consultation:
- Preparation of the teeth
- Taking the impression
- Insertion of the temporary Crown
- Construction of the Full Porcelain Crown
- Insertion of the final Full Porcelain Crown
The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort.
Once the tooth has been reshaped, various impressions of your mouth will be taken. These impressions will then be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be made. In the meantime, your dentist will ensure that your tooth is protected, by placing a temporary crown until your next visit.
On your next visit the your dentist will remove the temporary crown and will fit the permanent crown.