A crown, also known as a dental cap, is a cap fitted on top of the tooth, covering the entire visible part of the tooth. Crowns can be used to strengthen a tooth and prevent further damage but also to replace a damaged or misshapen tooth to enhance the appearance of the smile. With their skills in smile makeovers and cosmetic restorations, your dentist at All Smiles Dentist will be able to evaluate whether or not a crown would be best suited for you. Be sure to ask us about our Digital Smile Design technology.
When cemented in place, crowns surround the visible area of a tooth until the gum line. Ceramic crowns such as zirconium and Emax are mostly used. Porcelain fused to metal is only used for front teeth when it is being matched to neighbouring teeth of the same material. They usually do not require any extra attention over time, except maintaining proper dental hygiene as well as attending six-monthly scale and polish visits.
During our first visit, your dentist will advise you on the various cosmetic options that may be best suited for your specific case. In cases where there is minimal damage, discolouration or blemishes to your teeth, cosmetic veneers will be suggested. This is so long as your 'bite' does not affect the placement of veneers. Whereas, if your teeth are heavily damaged or broken down, a crown will be suggested instead.
To prepare the tooth for a crown, your dentist will shape the tooth. To do this, the tooth may need to be filed down or built up to support the crown. After the tooth has been prepped, the correct shade, size and shape are then decided, and a digital scan of the mouth is taken and sent to the dental technician. While the crown is being made, a temporary crown may be placed to protect the newly prepped tooth.
Once your crown is made, you will have it fitted in another appointment with our dentist. The crown is then cemented to the tooth with a bonding agent and cement.
Note: Once a prosthesis is permanently cemented, it can only be removed via cutting out of the prosthesis. After which a new one must be made.