Dental crowns, also known as “caps,” preserve the functionality of heavily damaged teeth. Dental crowns may be needed to protect a cracked tooth, restore functionality of a tooth with excessive decay, or just to replace a pre-existing crown.
Dental Crown Procedure
During the dental crown procedure, your dentist prepares the tooth and makes a moulded impression of the tooth to send to a dental lab. A fitted, temporary crown is created during this visit to temporarily protect the tooth while the final restoration is prepared in the dental laboratory.
Once it is completed, the tooth crown is cemented at a later visit to the dentist. An important thing to know: there are different types of crowns made with differing materials. Costs and quality varies for each, but we’ve detailed the one we prefer below.
OUR FAVOURITE: Zirconium Crowns
Zirconia crowns (and bridges) are so strong that they can be used anywhere in the mouth. Zirconia crowns can withstand the biting pressure on the front teeth as well as the grinding on the back teeth.
The look of zirconia crowns (and bridges) is so close to the appearance of natural teeth that it is hard to tell the difference between the two. Also, it’s high quality makes it very useful for many types of dental work. Zirconia crowns can be fixed using the traditional dental cements.
Zirconia crowns have quickly become the preferred material for dental crowns. Zirconia is a very strong substance that can endure the wear and tear of everyday use. When looking at Zirconia crowns from an aesthetic point of view, it tends to be very cleanis and reflects light the same way as a natural tooth would. This may be important if your new crowns are on the front of the mouth as they are not so obvious. This aesthetic consideration is particularly relevant in cases where the tooth will be seen directly next to the natural teeth.
Our metal-free crowns (and bridges) are prepared entirely by our laboratory, so our dental technicians can meet you directly to make your prosthesis as unique and natural as possible.
We work with another type of dental crowns as well: porcelain fused to metal crowns. These have a nearly-natural appearance, but with two limitations: because they have a metal framework underneath, they require the use of an opaquer to cover the metal, which makes it impossible to fully re-create the translucency of natural teeth. They also eventually will show a dark line at the edge, next to the gum. Dentists try to hide this line under the gum, but sometimes they are unable to do this. Sometimes the line doesn’t show when the crown is first placed, but appears later, as the gum recedes with age. Your dentist can also create a porcelain butt margin that tends to minimise this dark line, but it will not eliminate it. However, these crowns are stronger than whole porcelain.
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