Dental Crowns and Teeth Caps
A dental crown (or cap) is a custom designed and prepared tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth covering the tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and to improve its appearance. When the crowns are cemented into place it fully encases the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Crowns can be metal free depending on cases, meaning they blend seamlessly into the natural tooth surface. This means you will never experience the ugly “grey collar” around the gumline of the crown that so many people find appears over time with traditional metal-ceramic crowns.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns give your teeth life like appearance can be prepared in any shape, size and color matches to surrounding teeth, giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
Porcelain crown or bridges are highly durable and do not stain over time so provides enhanced aesthetics and will last many years. But like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced.
Reasons for crowns
A dental crown is used to do any of the following:
- To restore an already broken or fractured tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth due to trauma.
- To protect a tooth weakened by root canal treatment as the tooth becomes brittle after root canal treatment and poses a higher risk of fracture.
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left due to extensive decay
- To cover a dental implant and replace the missing tooth
- Cosmetic enhancement to cover misshaped or severely discoloured teeth
What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) of the tooth as well as the rest of your mouth, to ensure that your new crown will fit and bite in proper alignment with the other teeth in your mouth, that will be used to create your custom crown.
These molds are sent to our dental laboratory where a custom Australian made crown is produced according to our Dentists specifications.
The mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
At your second appointment within about 2 weeks, your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, your new permanent crown will be ready for you to try, it will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate. and if it fits you’ll have it permanently cemented in place, as soon as it is completed you will have a brand new, functioning tooth.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.
Your visit will short and very comfortable, We won’t ever rush you out of the office, and you can rest assured that Spring Orchid Dental treatments will give you a reason to smile again.
Crown Treatment Should Never Be Delayed!
Putting off treatment for a dental crown can allow weak tooth enamel to break apart, exposing the nerve or even fracturing the tooth beyond repair.
If you suspect that your tooth has broken, or you have had a filling fall out, please call our office at your earliest convenience. The quicker you seek out treatment, the more likely you are to be able to preserve your tooth. Call Spring Orchid Dental today, and let us help you repair your teeth so that you can get back to enjoying a healthy smile!