We can help you get a bright and beautiful smile via crowns at Ponsonby dental boutique.
A teeth crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over your tooth and improves its function and appearance manifolds!
A dental crown can help you in several ways.
Top 7 uses of a teeth crown
- It strengthens your weak tooth
A dental crown protects your Root Canal Treated/ RCT teeth from fracture.
When the decay reaches the tooth roots, there is a need for RCT. However, RCT tooth needs a crown at the earliest as they are weak.
Are you having a cracked tooth? Tooth crowns hold together the pieces of a cracked tooth too.
- Crown supports the insufficient remaining tooth
Sometimes there is not enough tooth left to support the filling, especially in the case of large decays and fillings. In such cases, the crown supports your tooth and prevents further destruction.
- Crown enhances your looks
If your teeth are badly stained or discoloured, crowns are the best long-term solutions. No one will know you have a discoloured tooth underneath, or you ever had one.
- Crown gives you your dream smile
For misshaped, misaligned, and chipped teeth, dental crowns are the long term solutions. Whether you want ideally shaped teeth or well-aligned teeth, crowns can help you.
- Saves you from severe sensitivity and pain
Sometimes teeth wear out severely with age and get extremely sensitive; the process is called attrition. When there is severe attrition/ wear out, dental crowns come to your help.
An accidental fall could break the tooth. A dental crown rebuilds your tooth and makes it pain-free.
- Crown supports the bridge
When you have a missing tooth, a bridge is an appliance that fills the gap with an artificial tooth. As the name suggests, a bridge takes the support of the adjacent teeth with the help of dental crowns.
- Crown covers the dental implant
Dental implants are permanent solutions to your missing teeth. We insert an implant into your jaws, place the crown of your choice and build back all your teeth with the help of dental crowns and implants.
In kids also teeth crowns are helpful similarly to cover teeth that are:
- so damaged that they do not support a filling
- at high risk of decay
- also helpful in children who are unable to maintain dental hygiene because of medical history and behaviour
Procedure for placing a dental crown
We prepare your tooth to retain the crown. If there is any need to remove the decay or rebuild the core, or gum health improvement, we work towards it. Then, we trim the tooth by 1 to 2 mm so as to hold the crown.
Followed by which we take the impression, then crown selection. At Ponsonby dental boutique, we help you choose the type of crown and shade that suits your needs the most.
Till we get the final, custom-made crown from the lab, we give you a temporary crown to protect your tooth from any damage. Till you get your final crown, avoid using that tooth a lot.
From the impression taken, we prepare a model called a cast. A cast simulates your teeth and jaws. We build a crown on it, do the trial, make any adjustments if needed and glue the final crown to your tooth using a suitable cement.
Types of dental crown
A dental crown is available in various materials: metal alloys, porcelain, resin, stainless steel, or a combination. The location of the tooth, the condition of the gums, aesthetics, and your preference are some of the factors that decide the most suitable crown material for you.
They are made up of alloys that have a high content of gold/ platinum/ base metal, such as nickel-chromium and cobalt-chromium. They have the longest life as they withstand the chewing forces very well. Most suited for posteriors/ back teeth.
Though they give a metallic look, functionally, they are the best crowns. The metal alloy bonds very well with your tooth. They are also longer lasting as they are resistant to corrosion. Besides, they save a lot of your tooth structure as they require the least amount of tooth to be removed. They are also gentle on the opposing teeth.
They give you the perfect looks. They are more suitable for anteriors and people allergic to metal.
PFM/ Porcelain Fused to Metal
They are basically metal crowns with a porcelain facing. They give you all the advantages of metal crowns while matching with your adjacent teeth. PFM crowns suit all teeth and are also suitable for bridges.
However, porcelain crowns cause more wear and tear of the opposite teeth when compared to metal crowns. Besides, porcelain can chip off at times.
While all-ceramic crowns give you the best aesthetics, PFM crowns are next in line for aesthetics.
The metal surface beneath the porcelain can be visible as a dark line at the gums. It is more so if the gums recede/ gums go down towards the bone.
Stainless steel crown
They are prefabricated/ readily available crowns, more suitable for kids. We slightly trim your kid’s tooth and place the readymade crown on the same visit. It helps you get the crown for your kid’s teeth on the first visit itself.
They are economical too. The crown prevents further decay and naturally falls when your kid’s tooth sheds.
Stainless steel crowns are helpful in posteriors of adults as temporary replacements till the custom-made crown is ready.
For anteriors/ front teeth, we give you temporary crowns made of tooth-coloured acrylic.
Once the final crown is ready, we replace it. It fits the tooth snuggly, protects the tooth meticulously, is aesthetically pleasing, and longer-lasting.
It is the strongest crown. Though it looks like gold and not like your natural teeth, it is longer lasting and gentle on opposing teeth.
However, gold crowns are one of the most expensive crowns and not preferred due to their gold colour.
If you need a crown for the posterior/ back teeth and if aesthetics are not very important to you, metal crowns are the preferred choice. Otherwise, you can opt for PFM/ Porcelain Fused to Metal crown. For anteriors/ front teeth, all-ceramic crowns are most suited as they are aesthetically pleasing.
How long do the crowns last?
If you maintain them well, dental crowns do last for a lifetime! Avoid biting anything that is extremely hard or very sticky, and follow a healthy diet.
Ensure thorough dental hygiene: brushing twice a day and flossing every day.
Do not miss your follow up visits.
Anytime if your crown chips/ falls/ becomes loose, meet us at Ponsonby dental boutique. Never try to repair it on your own.
Dental crowns help to keep your teeth healthy and smile bright. At Ponsonby dental boutique, we help you choose the type of crown that suits your needs the most. Meet us today for more details.
The crowns can be classified based on their material; they could be metal in gold or platinum plating, ceramic crowns having no metal, stainless steel crowns, etc.
The dental crown supports the tooth that is remnant; it also gives strength to weak teeth, the crown also reduces the pain and sensitivity.
The dental crown in Ponsonby prepares the tooth to accommodate the crown, the crown is selected according to the tooth impression, and it is finally put in place. A dental crown in Auckland is also installed similarly.