What is it?
Our porcelain dental crown in Richmond is made to protect a damaged tooth. This is the newest type of dental crown and when placed on the tooth changes the appearance so it becomes difficult to tell it has been fitted.
Why is it done?
A Porcelain Crown is usually required when a cusp of a tooth has broken off, a large old filling becomes dislodged or a large portion of tooth decay occurs, or to protect a root treated tooth. A crown is used to restore appearance or strengthen a tooth.
Porcelain / Gold crowns
A crown is a progression from a veneer, where the whole tooth (above the gum), is shaved down by approximately 1-2 mm all over. This depth varies depending on the type of crown being used and the part of tooth being shaved down. In general gold crowns last longer than porcelain crowns. Once the tooth has been shaved down an impression is taken of the tooth, which is sent to a laboratory. From the impression the laboratory makes a crown, which the dentist cements onto the tooth. This whole procedure usually takes about 2 weeks.
Common reasons why you may need a crown:
- Crowns cover the tooth preventing any more tooth from breaking off.
- Cosmetic reasons, such as discoloured fillings.
- To protect a root-filling.
Porcelain crowns are long lasting with an average life of 10 years. With good oral hygiene and the excellent skills of our experienced dental team while fixing the crown, you can actually increase the lifespan beyond 10 years.
Porcelain crowns made by Dr Hap Gill at Smile Studio are indistinguishable from your original tooth and it also helps in the proper function of your teeth. The materials used in the porcelain crowns are without compromise and can also strengthen your original tooth as well. As well as being beautifully aesthetic they are comfortable and restore complete function.
At your first appointment, the dentist will take dental impressions and then prepare the crown from the impression so that the fabrication can be down outside of the mouth.
At your second appointment, the prepared crown will be inserted. The inserted crown is much stronger as the restoration materials used are robust.
With improving technology, use of computers in this process is becoming prevalent similar to CAD/CAM dentistry.
Crowns can also be used for children on their baby teeth for the following reasons:
- If the tooth has decayed and cannot support filling, the damaged tooth can be saved with a crown.
- You can also use for tooth decay where the child cannot keep up with daily oral hygiene.
- When the child is unable to keep up with the requirements of proper dental care like sedation and general anesthesia.
At Dr. Hap Gill’s clinic you can be assured that you will have the satisfaction of dealing with an incomparable dental team who strive to ensure that you are happy with the crown, and can also be assured of a naturally beautiful smile..