Crowns are made of natural looking porcelain and are made to improve your overall smile or to blend in with your own teeth whilst strengthening the existing tooth structure.
A crown is the restoration of choice when a filling or inlay/onlay will no longer suffice.
Crowns surround the tooth like a hat bracing it underneath, whereas a large filling will act as a wedge, weakening the tooth.
Teeth with large fillings are prone to breaking or splitting.
When are Crowns needed?
A crown may be recommended when:
- A previously filled tooth consists of more filling than tooth. The existing tooth structure becomes weakened and can no longer support the filling
- Extensive damage by decay
- Discolouration of your teeth
- The aesthetic look of the existing tooth compromises your entire smile
- Root canal – After root canal, teeth tend to become brittle and are more prone to fracture. These teeth need to be protected by a crown
- Bridges – When missing teeth are replaced with a bridge, the adjacent teeth require a crown in order to support the replacement teeth
Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your teeth.
Crowns can be made from different materials which include:
- All Ceramic Crown (porcelain with no metal)
- Porcelain fused-to-metal crown (porcelain covering a metal substructure)
- Gold crown.
Fitting Dental Crowns
When proceeding with a crown two appointments are required.
During your first visit to Sunshine Coast Smile Centre, the tooth is prepared for the crown, an impression is made of the tooth, and a temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth.
At the next visit, the temporary crown is removed and the final crown is fitted, adjusted and finally cemented into place.
As with all areas of restorative dentistry preparation and insertion of an ideal crown requires meticulous attention to detail and years of experience.