Crowns & Bridges
Crowns are typically required when a damaged or weakened tooth cannot be repaired with a filling. Crowns are sometimes used for aesthetic purposes; however they are mostly used owing to a lack of residual tooth structure. Most typically, this is because a tooth has a big filling, has fractured, or has gotten weaker as a result of root canal therapy.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is fitted over your natural tooth. It’s a long-term solution, and once in place, a crown should look, feel, and operate like any other tooth.
You may want to consider a porcelain crown if you:
- Have recently suffered an injury to your tooth
- Require an anchor for a dental bridge
- Want to reshape a crooked tooth (to enhance your smile)
- To replace a large filling that has come loose or fallen out
- To protect a tooth after a root canal procedure
What are the benefits of having a dental crown fitted?
A crown can assist maintain a tooth with a weakening structure or considerable damage, as well as prevent additional decay, so protecting your original tooth in the future. Crowns can also enhance the look of a damaged or discoloured tooth by returning it to its original form and colour.
A dental crown can survive for years if you take good care of your teeth. Our dentist will tell you how long your crown will last and how to care for it.
Dental crown procedure
A crown is typically prepared and fitted over the course of two sessions. During the initial visit, our dentist will remove any weaker areas of the tooth and prepare it to accept the crown.
Our dentist will next take an imprint and fit you with a temporary crown that has been custom-made by a lab technician based on our dentist’s instructions. If the crown is on a visible tooth, our dentist will colour match your crown as closely as possible to the surrounding teeth to ensure it looks as natural as possible.
At your second appointment, our dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement the new crown into place, ensuring that it fits properly alongside the rest of your teeth.