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Crowns, Bridges and Veneers

When a tooth is fractured, has a large, old filling, or is severely damaged by decay, the placement of a crown (or cap) may be recommended. Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your smile. Types of crowns include the full porcelain crown, the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown and the all-metal crown. The procedure is usually take place over two visits.

Visit 1:

The tooth is prepared and an impression is taken. Your help will be required when taking the shade. A temporary tooth is cemented in place till your next visit. This may look and feel strange at first. Take care when eating. It is always best to avoid eating on the temporary tooth, if possible. This is usually a lengthy appointment.

Visit 2:

Your crown is cemented in place. It is important that you indicate if the new crown feels high (your teeth does not meet like they use to). A marked improvement on your temporary tooth will be noted. Allow at least one hour for the cement to set before eating. It is very important that you maintain excellent oral hygiene standards to ensure that your crown stays looking good and gums stay healthy.

 

Types of Materials

Porcelain Crowns or Ceramic Crowns – These dental metal free crowns provide the most natural look, but are not as strong and durable as porcelain-fused-to-metal or metal crowns. They are a good option for front teeth because of their superior looks.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal Crowns – These dental crowns also look like natural teeth, although they can sometimes show dark areas from the underlying metal. They may also be prone to chipping or breaking over time. They are a good option for any type of teeth, however.

Gold Crowns – These dental crowns are among the strongest and most durable, but they are not as attractive as porcelain, ceramic or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. For this reason, they are best used on molars, which withstand a lot of chewing force but are not as easily seen.

Resin crowns – These dental crowns have the aesthetic look of porcelain or ceramic crowns but are not as strong and durable.

 

Our Private options offer selection of materials that are the latest technology available and overcome the limitations of traditional materials used.