Crowns are used to replace missing teeth and to restore teeth that have been extensively damaged by decay or injury, or weakened by very large fillings. If you have had root canal treatment to treat an infection of your tooth’s pulp, a crown may well be placed to give your tooth extra strength. In some cases they are also used to replace old, discoloured fillings to give your smile a more natural look.
Crowns can be made of metal, porcelain or zirconium. At 25 Devonshire Place we offer gold, porcelain or zirconium crowns.
If your dentist recommends a crown, they will discuss all the options available so that you can make an informed choice about which type of crown is best for you. Your dentist will need to reshape your tooth to hold the crown, and after preparing the tooth will take an impression that will be sent to the laboratory for your crown to be made. You will have a temporary crown fitted while your permanent crown is being made up, and once it is ready it will be attached to your tooth using special cement.
Gold crowns are the strongest crowns available and are a great option for your molars or back teeth. They provide a very strong biting and chewing surface, and because they are at the back of your mouth they will not be visible when you smile.
Porcelain crowns are a very popular choice for teeth near the front of your mouth. They are both natural-looking and strong, and your dentist will chose a shade of porcelain that is close to the natural shade of your teeth, so they will not be noticeable.
Zirconium crowns are very strong and robust, and do not need fusing to a metal base. They are made from crystal and have a translucent, natural appearance. They are up to five times stronger than porcelain crowns.