What is a Crown?

Crown.jpg A crown, also called a cap, is a hollow, artificial tooth used to cover a damaged or decayed tooth. When a tooth is compromised by decay or damage, your dentist may suggest a crown, inlay, or onlay. Crowns are used to restore both anterior and posterior teeth that have been broken or are at high risk of breaking due to large old fillings or fractures. You may also need a crown if you have a root canal, a large filling in a tooth or a broken tooth. Crowns can also be used to cover a discoloured or misshapen tooth. There is a variety of materials used to design dental crowns. You and you dentist will determine which type is best suited for your particular need.  

The crown restores the tooth and protects it from further damage. A tooth that has been fixed with a crown looks and works very much like a natural tooth.  The crowns will look and feel close to your real teeth and will blend seamlessly with your teeth. They will return the strength that you need for comfortable oral function, and to maintain your all-white smile.

Process of Crown Fabrication

Prosthodontist.jpg During your first visit your dentist will prepare your tooth structure, by digital scanning your mouth using our Itero scanner. Next, a temporary crown is placed on the tooth. We then email the digital impression to a dental laboratory to fabricate the crown. At your next visit, your dentist will try-in the crown to ensure a good fit and then cement the crown in place.

Digital Impressions - no more messy putty!

Itero: The State-of-the art science digital scanner uses laser and optical scanning to digitally capture the surface and contours of the tooth and gums. This scanner captures 100,000 points of laser light and has perfect focus of images of more than 300 focal depths of the tooth structure meaning that the impressions are virtually perfect. This eliminates the need for traditional impressions, is ideal for patients with gag reflex and since you see the image on the screen instantaneously it is easier for you to visualise the treatment instantaneously.  See video Itero.jpg