Teeth that are severely broken down or that have had root canal treatment performed, usually reqiure a crown to be placed over the tooth.
This is usually done to prevent any further cracking or fracture of the tooth. They are significantly stronger than filings, inlays or onlays. They can be full porcelain, zirconia or porcelain fused to metal. These can usually be made to look like a natural tooth.
Protect teeth that have broken down or cracked.
Can be used to increase the height of the bite for overclosed jaws. For example, in cases where teeth are badly broken down or worn out.
May be used to change the look of one’s smile.
The type of crown and suitability for treatment will be determined and discussed in detail.
Crown Prep Appointment
The teeth will then be trimmed down slightly, and an impression will be taken of the tooth to be sent to the lab.
Processing of the Crown in the lab
Crown fit check and cementation of crown
The crown will be placed and the fit and colour will be checked before the final cementation of the crown.
In more complex longer span cases, your dentist may decide to put you on a set of customised provisionals for an extended period of time to identify any issues that may arise during function. This is done so that any problems can be rectified prior to the final cementation of the crowns.
Some patient who have habits like bruxism (clenching or grinding) of teeth, a splint or nightguard may need to be done after the crown to protect the crown.
Full Porcelain or Zirconia crowns start from $1500.
It is advisable to have a discussion during the consultation stage as every patient is slightly different and may require a different process for treatment.
Do these crowns last forever?
Crowns are prone to wear and tear like our natural teeth. This, in turn, means that there is always a chance that the crowns will need to be replaced.
With proper care and regular checks, this can help reduce the chance of a crown fracturing or the underlying tooth decaying.
Is Zirconia and porcelain safe?
Full porcelain crowns are virtually allergy-free. Zirconia allergies are very rare.
Do I need to change my Amalgam fillings?
We advocate removal of amalgam restorations when there are decayed or leaking margins around the restoration, or when there is a requirement to improve the aesthetic appearance of the filling. You can speak to us regarding your concerns with mercury vapor release and we will advise you accordingly.
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