Where damage to a tooth is heavy, we can use porcelain or porcelain/fused to metal or zirconia crowns to restore it. This is an extremely reliable technique for repairing badly broken down teeth and extending their “lives” for years. Many crowns can last for decades, but the weaker the underlying tooth, or the heavier the bite pressure, the faster the crown will brake down.

How long does it take to fit a dental crown?

Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to our office. Initially, we will remove decay, shape the tooth, and fit it with a temporary crown.

On the subsequent visit we will remove the temporary crown, and then fit and adjust the final crown. If everything fits/looks good we will cement the crown into place and you have a new beautiful looking tooth. If there is a problem with the new crown we mights need to send it back to the lab, or retake the impressions, and that will add one, or more, appointment(s).

Advantages of Crowns

Along with strengthening a damaged tooth, crowns may be used to enhance a tooth’s look, shape, alignment and dental occlusion (bite). A crown can keep a badly damaged tooth from cracking and being lost, as well as being much stronger that even the best fillings.

What are the capabilities of crowns?

Crown and bridgework is a very reliable solution for major dental problems caused by accidents, cavities or wear and tear. Major problems can usually be corrected using these techniques. Material used in these repairs is either high-grade porcelain, or porcelain bonded to gold. A higher strength of the porcelain and gold materials is recommended to treat the most serious of dental problems. Where accidental damage has occurred, resulting in lost teeth, or where teeth have broken away through excessive wear, or as the result of old fillings breaking, crowns and/or bridges can be used as a long-term solution.

Many people have unexplained pain from filled back teeth, which is usually due to hairline cracks in the chewing part of the tooth. Placing crowns on these teeth relieves the pain and allows a return of full dental function for these teeth. In front teeth, older fillings can both weaken the teeth and cause “appearance” problems due to staining or chipping. Porcelain crowns and bridges are suitable in cases where porcelain veneers are not. In teeth with root canal fillings, crowns can prevent breakage.

  • Replace a big filling when there’s not enough tooth remaining

  • Shield a weak tooth from fracturing

  • Cover which has had root canal treatment

  • Look virtually as "natural" as possible

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