What is a Dental Crown?
A crown is like a special sleeve made of metal or porcelain, or both, that goes over a damaged or weak tooth. Your dentist will match it up to the shape and, in the case of porcelain crowns, the colour of your other teeth so it will look natural. The crown should last for many years and come with a full guarantee.
How is a Dental Crown Done?
The dentist will shape the tooth so that, with the artificial crown, it will be the same size as a normal tooth. Your dentist will use a soft mouldable material to make an exact ‘impression’ of the tooth that is to be crowned and the nearby teeth. A dental technician uses the impression to make the crown the exact height and size needed.
A temporary crown made of plastic is put over the tooth until the permanent crown is made. You can chew on a temporary crown but it won’t be as strong as the finished one. When the crown is fitted, your dentist will make small adjustments to make sure you can bite comfortably. The crown is tried on first, and then glued into place.
These require no impressions (unlike regular crowns) and are made entirely of ceramic material so they look extreamely natural. As they are digitally scanned, the fit is incredibly accurate. We provide this service at no extra cost.
Ask our dentists about same day crowns during your free consultation
What’s the Process?
Once you make an appointment with 3 Dental, the dentist discuss the various options of the crowns and bridges and discuss the suitability of the materials to suit your needs. An appointment will then be set for you to have your teeth prepared for the crowns/bridges. An impression will then be taken of the teeth. This will be used in the lab to fabricated your custom teeth. The dentist will then give you temporary teeth so that you don’t have unsightly gaps or prepared teeth. Once your crowns and bridges are complete the dentist will then arrange an appointment to fit them. All going well the process can be completed in 2/3 weeks.