Crowns are an excellent way to build up broken down teeth to improve their strength and appearance. Crowns are covers or “caps” which cement over the top of your remaining natural tooth when ther is no longer enough tooth tissue left to hold a filling. They can be made from materials such as gold or porcelain. The choice of material depends on what outcome you are looking for. If an excellent cosmetic appearance is your primary goal you may wish to opt for Emax porcelain crowns. Our expect lab technicians can make these crowns look incredibly natural and in any shade, such thar they blend in with your adjacent teeth seamlessly.treatment fee
- There may not be enough tooth left to place a standard filling.
- You may wish to cover large silver fillings which you do not like the appearance of.
- You may have had a root canal treated tooth which will need a crown to protect it from breaking.
- It may help hold a bridge in place.
The dentist will remove tooth and/or filling material from the outer surface of the tooth to create space for the crown material. A mould will then be taken of the prepared tooth which will be sent to the dental lab to create your own bespoke crown. A temporary crown will be fitted until it is back from the lab.
There are many materials which crowns can be made from however you can break it down into three simple categories:
- Metallic: Crowns can be made from metals such as gold or alloys which are a mix of metals. These crowns are very strong and durable but are not tooth coloured so they will stand out next to your natural teeth.
- Metal and Porcelain: These crowns have a metal sub structure but have porcelain fused to mask the metallic appearance. These crowns are tooth coloured unlike the metallic crowns so will blend in. Towards the front of the mouth however they can be challenging to match into your natural teeth as light will not pass through the metal substructure giving them a slightly less life-like feel.
- All Ceramic: All ceramic crowns have no metal at all. This means they can be made to look very life-like. Certain types of all ceramic materials are not as strong as the metallic based crowns so cannot be in certain situations however there is a very tough material called zirconia which is metal free which can be used along with the aesthetic porcelains to give excellent strength and appearance.
If the tooth has not been root canal treated (the nerve removed) then there is a risk that the nerve/blood supply can die off due to the tooth removal during the preparation. Research has shown that this make affect up to 1 in 5 teeth which have been prepared for a crown. We try to reduce this risk by removing as little tooth as possible and keeping the tooth cool with water spray during the preparation appointment.
The crown will take two appointments. The preparation, moulds, shade taking and fitting of the temporary crown will happen on the first appointment. The crown will be permanently fitted at the second appointment.
The laboratories that make the crowns vary in price due to the experience of the technician and the time taken to make the crown. We have three types of cosmetic crown available which are called classic, premier and elite. We recommend using elite crowns in cases where aesthetics are very important such as your upper front teeth. The lab technician who constructs these crowns for Hannigan Dental Care is a world class technician and spends huge amounts of time on each time crowns. The time in the clinic planning and preparing for the crowns is also much higher which contributes to the increased fees.
Crowns are an excellent way to build up broken down teeth to improve their strength and appearance.