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A crown is a prosthetic device that is fixed to the tooth, usually to strengthen the tooth and improve its appearance. For very broken down or cracked teeth, crowns can help them last longer by acting as a ‘crash helmet’ for the tooth to reduce the risk of further splitting or cracking of the tooth structure. Crowns can also help improve the appearance of teeth. We offer aesthetic all-porcelain crowns and work with reputable laboratories to ensure the best results for you.

Why do people need to get a crown?

There are a few reasons why someone may need a crown (or several). Some of these include:

  • To protect a weak tooth from damage or to keep a cracked tooth together
  • To restore a tooth that is broken or severely worn down
  • A tooth that requires filling but there is minimal tooth left
  • As a part of a dental bridge
  • To cover discoloured or misshapen teeth
  • To cover a dental implant
  • For cosmetic purposes

Crowns versus Fillings – What’s the Difference?

Fillings and crowns have the same ultimate goal – bringing your tooth back to its original glory. But the function and procedure is a little different. A filling refers to, as the name suggests, “filling” a tooth with material where decay within the tooth has been removed.

A crown is a “cap”, usually made out of porcelain, that covers the entire tooth. This is needed when fillings alone are insufficient to support the remaining tooth structure, when the tooth has a significant crack or fracture and when fillings cannot improve the appearance of the tooth. The tooth is reshaped and this ‘preparation’ is then covered with a custom-made crown.

How a Crown is Made and Placed

There are a number of steps to ensure a well fitting, natural looking crown is made. Your dentist will first assess the suitability of the tooth, which usually includes an x ray of the tooth. If the tooth is suitable, the next appointment is the preparation appointment where the tooth is reshaped to allow a well-fitting crown to be made. This appointment can include the replacement of old, deteriorating fillings on the tooth to ensure a sound ‘base’ for the crown. A detailed mould or ‘impression’ is then taken, the colour of the crown is chosen and a temporary crown placed. The impression is sent to a dental lab for the crown to be fabricated, usually from porcelain and coloured to match the neighbouring teeth.

When the crown is ready, the temporary crown is removed and your dentist will check the colour, fit, and bite of the new crown. If both you and your dentist are satisfied, the new crown will be cemented or bonded in place.

How Redcliffe Dental can help

If you think you may need a crown or would like some more information on crowns, talk to the experts at Redcliffe Dental. Our team are specialists in ensuring the best results for you.