Restorative » Crowns
A crown is a strong, long-lasting way of restoring a tooth. It is often the best way to rebuild a tooth which has broken or been weakened by decay or a large filling. A crown may also be known as a "cap"
Why might my dentist advise a crown?
There are a number of reasons your dentist might advise that you have a crown on your teeth:
- the tooth may have been weakened by having a very large filling
- you may have had a root filling which will need a crown to protect it
- you may have had an accident and damaged or fractured the tooth
- you may want to improve the appearance of your smile
How long will a crown last?
A crown can last for many years. This will depend very much on how strong the remaining tooth is, how heavy your bite is, and how well it is looked after.
What are crowns made of?
There are a variety of types of crown, for example, porcelain, gold, porcelain bonded to precious metal and ceramic.
The appropriate type of crown for your individual needs will depend on the need for strength and aesthetics. Your dentist will explain the differences and advise which is best for your circumstances.
At Dental solutions we are also able to offer you Zirconium crowns
Zirconium is becoming one of the most chosen materials for dental crowns. Its many advantages include:
- Extraordinarily tough, can withstand wear and tear
- Translucent enough to be similar to natural teeth
- Less tooth removal
- No Metal fuse
- Modifiable size, shape and color
The aesthetic effects alone of a zirconia crown should be the biggest advantage it can give.
Zirconium crowns will not only replace a tooth but can be shaped so that it looks better than the original. This is why you can sport that perfect natural looking smile anytime. Zirconium crowns are guaranteed to be at least 5 times stronger than porcelain. They also provide strength without that bulky appearance that porcelain is so known for.