General Dentistry » Crowns
Dental crowns are also commonly known as caps (because a crown sits over your existing tooth covering the entire outer surface). Dental crowns are restorations that protect heavily filled, damaged, cracked or broken down teeth. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth so as to preserve its function and cosmetics. Root filled teeth are often crowned to protect the tooth from fracturing. There are several crown options which our dentists will explain to you.
The process of producing and fitting a crown compromises two appointments set two weeks apart. However this can be done in a much shorter time frame if required. The first appointment lasts about one hour. In this appointment one of our dentists will prepare the underlying tooth for the crown and take various impressions of the teeth. A temporary provisional crown is made which is then placed on the tooth. The impressions will be sent to our dental technician who will fabricate the crown bespoke to the individual patient, mouth and tooth. If possible the patient is asked to see the technician; so an accurate shade match can be completed. This is to make sure the crown looks really natural. The second appointment lasts about 25 minutes. This is where the crown is checked for fit, aesthetics and also to make sure the crown fits the patients bite. If the crown is correct than it will be cemented in place.
A full written estimate will be provided prior to the start of treatment.
Some specially trained dentists such as those in our team have the ability to fix a "gummy smile" when a person's teeth, or a replacement crown appear too short.
It is a procedure often used in conjunction with cosmetic smile design. The teeth may actually be the proper length, but they're covered with too much gum tissue. It's possible to correct this by performing a procedure called crown lengthening. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. Think of it like pushing back the cuticles on a fingernail. The outcome is longer looking teeth and a winning smile.