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Dental Crowns

Protect broken-down teeth and restore them to their former appearance with our porcelain dental crowns.

A dental crown, or cap, is a restoration placed over a cracked, broken, root-filled, or heavily filled tooth. This is to protect the tooth against fracture. Dental crowns are similar in shape and shade to dental veneers, except that crowns cover all the surfaces of a tooth, whereas veneers only cover the visible surface.

Inlays are similar to fillings and are usually porcelain fillings bonded to the cavity. On the other hand, Inlays restore the biting surfaces of a tooth. They are used when more of your tooth is damaged, or we need to change its shape or position.

At Aesthetica Dental Clinique, we use the latest advances in porcelain, which allows light to transmit through the crown, thereby creating a restoration that is undetectable from the other natural teeth in your smile. With the absence of any metal core on the inside of the crown, there will be no more grey lines usually seen with the older metal ceramic crowns.

Dental crowns process

  • Firstly, we try to understand your aims from having crowns and discuss your ideal smile. Your dentist at Aesthetica Dental Clinique will take X-rays and photographs of your teeth to ensure a natural result.
  • During your visit to our Dental Practice, the teeth are prepared to make room for their crowns. A mould is removed from this area and then creates the peaks. At this stage, we’ll also determine the right shade for your height, and you’ll be fitted with a temporary crown to wear until your new one is ready.
  • The last visit will involve removing the temporary crown and fitting the new one. Your dentist at Aesthetica Dental Clinique will check the fit and bite and make any necessary adjustments. Once we’re happy it works well and delivers good taste, we’ll cement it into place, and you walk out a new you.

Types of dental crowns

All ceramic crown

All ceramic crowns have no grey metal inside. Therefore, they are often used for the visible front teeth. There will be no grey metal margin on show.

Metal ceramic crown

These crowns have a metal core on the inside and porcelain bonded to the outside. Metal ceramic crowns are usually used on back teeth.

All zirconia crowns

These crowns look white/yellow in colour and are usually used for back teeth. They have no porcelain, so the risk of fracture is less. These crowns need minimal drilling.

Gold crowns

These crowns are the strongest crowns available. They are usually used for back teeth. Gold crowns need minimal tooth reduction.

Frequently asked questions

At Aesthetica Dental Clinique, your dentist will address the aesthetic and functional needs in the treatment plan. Crowns are recommended as part of your treatment plan to restore teeth that have:

  • Undergone root canal treatment
  • Been heavily restored
  • Severe tooth surface loss
  • Poor aesthetic appearance
  • Replace existing crowns with poor appearance

If you want a dental crown to resemble your natural teeth, then ceramic crowns will meet this requirement. Porcelain crowns can also be designed with metal alloys. Crowns made from different materials will also have varied life spans in durability, which is also a factor to consider. Information on the different types of crowns and what will be a better fit for you can be discussed during your consultation with your dentist at our dental practice.

Crowns are beneficial for strengthening teeth in which large fillings, cracks, and other damage have weakened. However, they involve grinding down the tooth to accommodate the crown, so looking forward, that tooth will always need a crown. Suppose a patient seeks a cosmetic improvement to otherwise healthy, strong teeth. In that case, your dentist at Aesthetica Dental Clinique will recommend dental bonding, or veneers may be a better option.

The average life span of a crown is ten years, provided you continue to take good care of your oral hygiene. Regularly cleaning your teeth and gums will reduce the risk of damage from tooth decay and ensure healthy tooth structure. We recommend a regular dental hygienist appointment to ensure longevity in your treatment.

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