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Dental Crowns Overview

Crowns in a day have been made all the more possible by the addition of our new Sirona CEREC machine. Our dentists are now able to take a digital impression of your teeth, design the necessary shape to custom-fit your mouth and together you both can choose what shade best suits the rest of your teeth.

After all these decisions and designs are in place, your dentist is able to send this information down to our onsite lab and the CEREC machine begins sculpting and carving your tooth!

This is a fantastic way of solving bigger problems in a much shorter length of time and without the need for temporary crowns and repeat appointments.

Additional Information

Reasons why you might consider a crown:

  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing.
  • Restore a fractured tooth.
  • To cover an existing dental implant.
  • To cover poorly shaped or a discoloured tooth.
  • Replace a filling that doesn’t have a large/sustainable amount of natural tooth remaining.
  • Attach a bridge.
  • Cover a tooth that has had a root canal treatment.

What happens next?

Before a crown can be made, you must arrange a consultation with the dentist and they will determine the suitability of a crown for your situation. When they are happy to proceed with your treatment plan, they will discuss the cost and any other concerns you might have.

For a crown to be placed on the tooth, the existing tooth must be reduced in size in order to make room for the crown that will be placed over it. Your dentist can now achieve all of this within one appointment by scanning a 3D image of your teeth and sending this to a CEREC 3D milling machine which creates your tooth from a block of your dentists chosen materials.

When the CEREC has finished creating your tooth your dentist will clean and prepare the tooth surface for your new and permanent crown. Before the dentist applies the cement, he will place the crown and check your bite to ensure that the new crown is a perfect fit. When he is happy with the fit, he will cement the crown and you will once again have a fully functioning tooth.

Here at Boyne Dental there are a few different options when it comes to what kind of material you choose for your crown and each material will have a different impact on the price of your crown procedure.

You will be able to choose from:

  • Zirconia/Lava: This is a popular type of all-ceramic crown. They are easy to wear, long-lasting and in most cases, quite durable.
  • E-Max: This is also an all-ceramic crown and is often preferred due to its longer lasting and aesthetically pleasing qualities. It is known for complimenting the rest of your teeth and is considered a great option for stained or poor quality teeth. It is translucent in colour which makes it quite appealing along with its combined strength and durability.
  • Metal Ceramic Crowns: These are a more traditional kind of crown and are often used in bridges. They are often placed on top of back teeth and are considered to be quite a robust type of crown.

How long do they last and how do I care for them?

Crowns are made up of inert materials which mean that they don’t deteriorate with time. However, this does not mean that the tooth in which the crown is placed upon still cannot develop decay or gum disease and you should still return for your regular check-ups with your dentist to ensure that there is no chance of failure for your new crown.

The exterior ceramic, although strong, may still chip away with trauma or hard food and for this we recommend that you avoid chewing excessively hard on hard sweets or even ice.

You should keep to your daily brushing and flossing routine and continue to make regular check-ups with your dentist.

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