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Crowns

What Is A Crown?

A crown is a type of restoration which entirely covers or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment

A crown can also be placed on top of an implant. 

What Types of Crowns are there?

There are metal free crowns (all ceramic) and crowns with metal foundations(precious and non-precious metals).The metal free crowns tend to give the best cosmetic results, although the metal based crowns tend to last longer.Other materials used include gold and metal alloys. These metals are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth.

Why Do I Need A Crown?
A crown may be recommended to:

  • Replace a large filling when limited tooth structure remains   
  • Restore a fractured tooth   
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal therapy   
  • Cover a dental implant   
  • Cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth

How Does It Work?
Fitting a crown requires at least two office visits.The first visit will be the main preparation, impressions and fitting of a temporary crown.The second visit will be the fit of the final crown using a permanent cement.It is more than likely some adjustment will be required to make it feel comfortable in your mouth and balance your bite.