WHAT ARE CROWNS?
Crowns have become one of our most reliable restorations
Strong, permanent solutions that can look better than the natural tooth.
Not only do we have the capability of fabricating the shiny gold crowns of old, but we can also provide life-like porcelain or porcelain fused to Zirconia crowns when requested. These incredible works of art can be a great relief for someone with a broken or infected tooth, as a way to protect the tooth and finish off treatment while being virtually invisible to the naked eye.
Procedure: Crowns are made to fit over the entire tooth, commonly right down to the gum line. This acts as a mask, covering the surface of the natural tooth to hide any imperfections while also preventing breakage. Many crowns incorporate the use of ceramic or alloys or a combination of the two, and they can last anywhere from approximately 15 to 25 years. The procedure is done while the patient is under local anaesthetic. For a decayed tooth, bacteria is removed before a strong core material is bonded in place, then the space for a crown is prepared. Most root canal treated teeth require crowns afterwards. A mould, or impression, is taken and a temporary crown is made on the day. Within 7-10 working days, the final product is ready to be bonded in place.
Recovery: The anaesthesia will wear off within 3-5 hours of the initial procedure. During this time it is important to be careful with drinking hot liquid or eating (chewing in particular), as you can accidentally burn or bite yourself without knowing. While the temporary crown is in place, although some patients may experience slight sensitivity to temperature or tenderness, most patients will be extremely comfortable with the temporary and after the crown is in place.