What Is a Crown?
When a tooth’s structure has become compromised, our custom-made porcelain crowns restore and protect a tooth. The crown covers the entire top surface of the tooth. Because the porcelain material is made to match the patient’s tooth, it represents a seamless restorative option that allows the patient to smile confidently.
Most patients call a crown a ‘cap’ which is often confused with a large filling. We place crowns in patients to help with the following:
- Trauma or injury to the tooth
- Excessive tooth decay
- Cracks or chips in the tooth
- Improvement of tooth appearance
- Heavily broken down teeth
What Does the Process Involve?
To start the crown-making process, your dentist will take impressions of your tooth, before forwarding these to our experienced, local lab. This process can take approximately 2-3 weeks; however, you will be fitted with a temporary crown during this time to prevent any discomfort or sensitivity.
Once the custom crown has been fabricated, your dentist will prepare your tooth to have the crown fitted. This process involves painstakingly reshaping the tooth to ensure the crown blends in with the size and shape of your adjacent teeth.
Advantages of a Crown over a Large White Filling
While a filling is less expensive than a crown, the primary benefits of a crown are strength and longevity. Please note that our crowns are competitively priced, and if you take care of your crown, you can expect it to last for at least 10 years. That’s an excellent investment!
It’s essential to remember, however, that to help ensure that your crown lasts for as long as possible, you need to practice scrupulous oral hygiene habits. These include brushing at least twice a day and flossing once daily.
Book a consultation to find out if a crown is ideal for your smile needs.
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