Crowns are ideal for people seeking a natural appearance by replacing a missing tooth or strengthen a weakened tooth. A dental crown is a dental material that is applied over the crown of the tooth to provide it with protection and support.
What are the benefits of Restoration Crowns?
Crowns serve a wide range of purposes. They can strengthen broken down or weakened teeth, help restore them to them to their original contour, fill spaces in our smiles, help bring teeth forward, improve the appearance of stained and discolored teeth and support bridges that are replacing missing teeth.
How does the process of Restoration Crowns work?
Prior to a tooth being restored with a crown, we need to build a strong foundation for the remainder of the tooth being capped. The foundation will strengthen the tooth and ensure the crown is well-retained. The foundation is often called a “Core” and may be manufactured from a range of materials. It could be a bonded filling or a glass-fiber post. It may also be a cast gold post-produced in a lab. You will normally only need a post if there is only a small amount of structure remaining. We may need to provide root canal therapy if the dental nerve is inflamed.
After the foundation has been created, we can prepare the tooth for the crown. We can then create a model of the prepared tooth. Crowns can be ceramic, porcelain, gold or made from base metal alloys.
Porcelain crowns have great aesthetic potential, as they can allow your teeth to be beautiful, natural-looking, and completely metal-free. These restorations provide all the necessary strength, without detracting from the beauty of your smile. Porcelain crowns are so attractive they can even be used in a dramatic smile makeover! In addition to placing our own porcelain crowns, our doctors take pride in replacing old, noticeable, or unstable metal crowns with beautiful porcelain restorations. Some of the latest dental materials to be accepted by the dental industry are all Zirconium crowns, commonly referred to as Bruxzir™ crowns. These crowns are incredibly durable and perform very well for almost every patient. IPS e.max™ crowns are also incredibly durable and are now widely accepted by dentists to create beautiful smiles. We use both of these materials, fabricated in only the best dental laboratories, in our dental practice.
How long do Crowns last?
Properly placed and cared for crowns can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years. Some crowns have lasted as long as 20 or 30 years depending on the materials, quality of construction and location in the mouth.
Who gets Restoration Crowns?
Crowns are ideal for people wishing to restore their teeth. Those seeking a natural appearance may be best served by most porcelain-based crowns, while people who require extra durability may wish to opt for gold or metal alloys. Porcelain fused to metal is also known for its durability. Porcelain crowns may aggravate other teeth if other surfaces become rough, whilst the gold and metal alloys have a lesser effect on other teeth. Crowns can last for the rest of your life if they are maintained properly. Talk to us today to find out more about our crown restorations.