A Dental crown is a dental restoration that completely covers a tooth or dental implant and it is typically fixed to the tooth using traditional dental cement. Crowns are recommended to cover teeth that are damaged, broken or worn down (Crowns are also considered to be a full Dental Veneer). In some cases where your existing teeth are abnormally shaped or you are unhappy with the general appearance of them they can be recommended for a smile makeover. Crowns can be sculptured to match your existing teeth, close gaps (bridge work) or create a new smile makeover. They have a longer life span when compared to other dental treatments such as Veneers & Lumineers. This makes them not only an alternative but a better investment. Dental Crowns can be aesthetically fabricated to reflect “light” like natural teeth, and mimic the shape, size and colour of the surrounding teeth. Your natural tooth underneath is preserved, protecting your natural tooth and gums for a longer period of time.
About Zirconium Porcelain (PFM) Crowns:
Zirconium Crowns and bridges are so strong they can be used anywhere in the mouth. Zirconium Crowns can withstand the biting pressure of the front teeth as well as back teeth grinding.
Zirconium Crowns consist of a white based metal core (a permanent white metal) with porcelain fused to the outside (creating the look of a natural tooth). The positive to this type of Crown is that you will never see a black line should your gums recede over time. The Crown will always appear white at the gum line. The tooth has a much better transparency as the Crown is made up from 100% white materials. The look is more aesthetically pleasing when you smile and therefore we recommending using Zirconium/ Porcelain Crowns for your front teeth (6 front upper or lower) or the number of teeth that are shown along your smile line. Zirconium is also the healthy option as it is free of Amalgam and Nickel, therefore it will not discolour your natural teeth underneath the Crown or your gum line.
The process of fitting a dental Crown:
On your first appointment following your consultation the dentist files the surface of your tooth 360 degrees. An impression of your teeth is then taken by the dentist. Your tooth impressions are then sent to the laboratory for the technician to create your new Crown. You will have 2 days following your initial appointment where you are not in the dental clinic. During this time the dentist will fit temporary teeth, ensuring you can go about your daily business without any embarrassing moments. After a few days you will return to the clinic for a trial fitting to ensure the Crown(s) are a perfect fit. In 99% of cases no changes need to be made and the Crowns are polished (this takes a day or two). You then return to the dental clinic for your permanent fitting. In total you will need to travel for a 7 day holiday to allow 5 days to complete your treatment allowing for your flight arrival and departure dates.
During your initial consultation you will be asked to choose your colour preference of your new Crowns. You can choose brilliant Hollywood white or a more natural white a few shades darker. The choice is up to you depending on the appearance you prefer. If you are only having crowns on one or more teeth the dentist will match the colour with your surrounding teeth. If you are planning an overall brighter, whiter smile you can combine the treatment with Teeth Whitening.
Is the procedure painful?
No, you will have an injection to numb the area so you will not feel anything while your natural tooth is being prepared for the procedure. It should feel no different to having a filling.
How do I care for my dental crown?
The crown itself cannot decay, but decay can start where the edge of the Crown joins the tooth. Therefore, to prevent decay affecting the Crown, it is important to keep this area just as clean as you would your natural teeth. Brush two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Daily flossing is also very important to ensure the area between the Crown is clean.