Dental crowns are used for strength, durability and tooth stability, or for cosmetic reasons to enhance the appearance of a tooth.
Dental crowns are often required when a tooth has been severely weakened and is no longer structurally sound. This can be as a result of trauma, tooth decay, previous root canal therapy or even general wear over time.
This cosmetic dental treatment can also be used to brighten and improve the appearance of your smile by covering broken, chipped, stained or discoloured teeth or by modifying the shape of a tooth. Dental crowns are custom-made for each individual patient and can be matched to existing teeth making them a favourable cosmetic dental treatment option.
Why is a dental crown needed?
A dental crown is used to do any of the following:
- Restore a broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- Protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together a cracked tooth
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover and support a tooth with a large filling if there isn’t a lot of tooth left
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover misshaped or severely discoloured teeth
Preparation of the tooth involves removal of decay, replacing any missing tooth structure with new high strength filling material and then reducing the whole crown of tooth down in size to allow space for the crown or ‘cap’ to fit over the tooth. Replacing the outer surface of the teeth, your crown restores your tooth to a completely natural look with greatly improved strength and quality.
Our experienced dentists often choose to use modern ceramic crowns, as they are very strong and have the most natural appearance, compared to older style crowns such as gold or metal, which often over time show darker areas around the gum line. The crown replicates the look of a healthy, natural tooth, in size, shape, colour, shine and transparency.
For more information on dental crowns or to obtain a quote and compare, contact us.