Where damage to a person’s tooth is extreme, and apparently beyond repair, we can use porcelain or porcelain “fused to metal” crowns to protect the tooth from future fracturing.
This is an extremely reliable technique for repairing the most severe of dental problems, even permanently replacing missing teeth to offer a complete smile and a functional bite. These treatments are used for a long-lasting correction of major dental problems. It is usual for these treatments to last for 20 to 30 years, which is as close to permanent as dental treatment can get.
How long does it take to fit a dental crown?
Fitting a crown generally involves two visits to our office. Initially, we will remove decay, shape the tooth, take an impression or digital scan and place a temporary crown. On the subsequent visit, we will remove the temporary crown, then fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, we will permanently cement the crown into place and you will have a new beautiful looking tooth.
Key Benefits of Dental Crowns
- Replace missing teeth
- Offer support and protection to heavily restored teeth or badly broken teeth
- Look completely natural
- Fix “smile” and functional chewing problems
What are the capabilities of crowns?
Crown and bridgework is a very reliable solution for major dental problems caused through accidents, decay, or wear and tear. Major problems can usually be corrected using these techniques. Materials used to fabricate a crown are either high-grade porcelain, or porcelain bonded to noble metal. Where accidental damage has occurred resulting in lost teeth, or where teeth have broken away through excessive wear, 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 protects them,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.