Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a full coverage cap that is cemented onto an existing tooth. This will restore the underlying tooth to normal function while also replicating the tooth’s natural appearance and structure.

Dental crowns are designed to restore heavily broken down teeth where a normal filling does not provide sufficient support to it. But there are many other reasons for dental crowns to be used in modern dental treatment. These include:

  • If you have previously had root canal treatment of your tooth
  • If you have broken or worn down teeth
  • If you have fillings which repeatedly break or fracture
  • If you have a deep bite
  • If you clench or grind your teeth
  • If you want an aesthetic improvement (Dental Crowns can be used as part of a Smile Makeover Process)

Procedure

Types of Crowns

Full Metal Crowns

It is rare that a full metal crown is used due to aesthetic reasons. When they are used, it is normally in fusion with a tooth-coloured porcelain to improve aesthetics even on back teeth.

There are specific reasons relating to how your teeth bite which may mandate a full metal crown (only on the back teeth). If this is the case, our Doctors will discuss this thoroughly with you and show you examples of how it looks.

We use only semi-precious or precious metals to ensure quality and durability.

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns

This is probably the most commonly used crown in dentistry. It is an amalgamation of tooth coloured porcelain with either semi precious or precious metal.

Both these elements are essentially fused together so the porcelain is visible only and a layer of metal is on the inside of the crown. This option is cost effective and produces a result which is aesthetically pleasing, with a high tensile and compressive strength.

Full Ceramics Crowns

There are several types of full porcelain crowns available. The type of crown we use depends on the type of ceramic we want to use in your situation. For instance, in some cases hardness and strength is more important that aesthetic appearance. Our doctors and laboratory technicians decide on the best type of ceramic for your specific tooth.

Advancements in clinical dentistry has seen introductions of newer ceramic materials which have many advantages over traditional ceramics and metal crowns. At Ashford, we are able to offer you the full range of contemporary ceramic options which include:

Leucite Reinforced pressable Porcelain Crowns

  • High flexural strength
  • Durable
  • Excellent aesthetics

Lithium Disilicate Porcelain Crowns

  • Very high flexural strength
  • Durable and long lasting
  • Superb aesthetics. This material allows comprehensive layering of different shades of ceramic making it capable of achieving superb aesthetic results in even the most complex cases.

Zirconia Crowns

Zirconia is essentially a type or sub-class of full ceramic crowns as described above. It provides excellent aesthetics and is indistinguishable from your natural teeth, as are full ceramic crowns.

The fundamental difference with Zirconia lies in its strength. Zirconia is an extremely hard crystal which will give your crown a very high degree of compressive strength allowing for strong loads and longevity in your mouth.

Despite its hardness, it is extremely safe and has been used very successfully for many years in dentistry. It has many used in both cosmetic and functional applications and continues to be one of the most popular choices for crown material today.

Solid or Monolithic Zirconia

  • Extremely high flexural strength
  • Virtually unbreakable
  • Ideal for patients who grind their teeth or have very deep bites

High Translucent Zirconia

  • Very high flexural strength
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Transmits the colour of adjacent teeth thus, blending perfectly with natural teeth
  • Ideal for aesthetically significant situations

Advantages of Dental Crowns

Cost Information

The cost of a Dental Crown depends upon the type of crown material chosen and the number of crowns being done. Please get in touch with us for further pricing details.

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