Our teeth may be made from the toughest material in the body, but they still are vulnerable to damage, which is why a Dental Crown is a fantastic option at ConfiDental Clinic. Dental Crowns or caps are custom-made restorations, which fit over your prepared natural tooth for overall great-looking teeth. As a small ‘cap’ that sits on the visible part of your tooth, they are a very non-invasive and simple dental solution.
At ConfiDental Clinic, your Dental Surgeon will discuss your options with you depending on your individual requirements. To learn more about Dental Crowns and if this is the treatment for you, get in touch with us today.
What is a Dental Crown?
A Dental Crown fits over teeth that have had extensive damage and are letting your smile down as a result. They are an aesthetic restoration for broken, decayed or discoloured teeth, or those with large fillings.
Made from a variety of materials, Dental Crowns are used to restore strength, shape, and appearance. As Crowns completely cover up the tooth, it is necessary to remove part of the tooth to accommodate the restoration.
Why choose a Dental Crown?
Over time, your teeth can get damaged from a variety of reasons. Crowns are required or advised for various reasons, including:
To restore function to a broken tooth
To protect a weakened tooth vulnerable to fracture, i.e. if it has had root canal therapy
To improve the aesthetics of a tooth/teeth
To replace existing crowns with poor aesthetics or function
Dental Crowns can help to restore the tooth’s shape, size, strength and appearance.
Crowns also have additional benefits such as:
Relieving discomfort and dental pain from a damaged or sensitive tooth
Protecting teeth from being damaged further
Helping to cover a Dental Implant or Bridge
Improving diction and enunciation
Dental Crown Procedure and Treatment
Fitting a Dental Crown will usually take two appointments to prepare for the procedure, as well as a second appointment for the fitting. Our dentists at ConfiDental Clinic will first check for any damage to the internal structure of the tooth. Then, we will gently shape the tooth to accommodate the Crown. We take digital impressions of the prepared tooth and record the shade. This information is packaged up and ready to send to the dental laboratory where the Crown is made.
We will provide a temporary Crown so the tooth is protected. When we see you again for the fitting of your custom Crown, the temporary Crown is removed and the new permanent one is fixed in place with strong dental cement. As long as a Dental Crown is looked after carefully, by avoiding very hard foods and thoroughly cleaning teeth, they can offer a natural-looking restoration which lasts for years.
Types of Dental Crowns Available
There are five types of Dental Crowns available, and our team at ConfiDental Clinic will discuss these options to help decide which is best for your individual needs.
Zirconia is a particularly strong metal-free material. It is first class in meeting both strength and cosmetic factors. Zirconia is strong enough to withstand the forces of mastication, so can be used for restorations on both front and back teeth.
EMAX was specifically designed to replicate a natural tooth. It is a composition of lithium disilicate glass-ceramic which is translucent, durable and strong and can be used for restorations on both front and back teeth.
All Porcelain crowns are usually used for restorations on front teeth due to their highly aesthetic properties. These crowns have a natural, translucent appearance.
Gradia Crowns are metal-free, strong and have high-wear resistance. As they do not contain metal, they are more naturally aesthetic than bonded metal crowns.
Porcelain Bonded to Metal
These crowns are very strong due to the metal substructure yet still aesthetically pleasing as porcelain is bonded to the metal. Porcelain bonded crowns are recommended for patients who have heavy bites due to their robust strength.
Before and After Dental Crowns
Contact us today!
At ConfiDental Clinic, our patients are our top priority. We understand the difference a natural, healthy smile can make to your everyday life, which is why we always go the extra mile. Our friendly team of dentists are well-versed in Dental Crowns, with plenty of experience under their belts.
To learn more about Dental Crowns and if this is the treatment for you, get in touch with us today. If you are searching for a local and reliable dentist in the area, then book online at one of our four locations for a quality dental service.
We are committed to providing the highest standard of personalised dental care with a gentle touch. If you are requiring emergency dental care, then do not hesitate to contact us today.
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Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
With proper dental hygiene, Dental Crowns can last for years. To ensure they last longer, avoid hard foods.
Do Dental Crowns Ruin Your Teeth?
Crowns are fitted over damaged teeth to restore strength, shape, and appearance. Although the original tooth will have to be removed in order to do this, Dental Crowns will help to restore your overall smile.
How Painful is it to get a Dental Crown?
As general or local anaesthesia is used, the dental crown treatment is not painful, however, patients may experience slight discomfort.
What is the Difference Between a Crown and a Cap?
There is no difference between a crown and a cap, as they are the same thing. Dental Crown is simply the correct term for this treatment.
How do Dental Crowns work?
Dental crowns work to replace missing teeth and are aesthetic restoration for broken, decayed or discoloured teeth with large fillings. A temporary crown is placed first to protect the teeth, a custom crown is then given, the temporary crown is then removed and a permanent one is fixed in place with strong dental cement.