Crowns

South Port Dental CareIn today’s modern world you don’t have to walk around with missing or unattractive teeth. Crowns and Bridges are becoming a Southport Dental Carenatural, and more affordable way to keep your smile even after severe dental problems you may have experienced over the years. Our doctors at South Port Dental Care are experts at optimizing your smile so you can go about your life without having to worry about how others may see your smile, and so that you can always enjoy the foods you love to eat. If a crown or a bridge are in your future call us today for a consultation and get the ball running.

A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. They are bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. Crowns can be made from many materials, which are usually fabricated using indirect methods. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth.

The most common method of crowning a tooth involves using a dental impression of a prepared tooth by a dentist to fabricate the crown outside of the mouth. The crown can then be inserted at a subsequent dental appointment. Using this indirect method of tooth restoration allows use of strong restorative materials requiring time consuming fabrication methods requiring intense heat, such as casting metal or firing porcelain which would not be possible to complete inside the mouth.

As new technology and materials science has evolved, computers are increasingly becoming a part of crown and bridge fabrication, such as with our iTero 3D Scanner, which assists in making the most accurate crowns and bridges ever.

Porcelain Crowns

Crowns made of porcelain are used to restore a tooth after the decay has been properly removed. Today’s crowns appear very natural and tooth-like, and last for many years. Crowns are also used to restore chipped, broken, gapped, and other damages that can occur to your teeth. Crowns are also known as “caps,” and resemble natural looking teeth in shape and color. All metal crowns are also sometimes used and have the shape of real teeth, but are made of gold or silver.

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Some of the indications for a crown are:

A previously filled tooth where there now exists more filling than tooth. The existing tooth structure becomes weakened and can no longer support the filling.

Extensive damage by decay.

Discolorations and compromised aesthetics.

Fractures in a tooth. From micro-fractures to full-blown fractures, a crown can very often save the tooth and prevent the need for an implant or bridge.

Root canal – After root canal, teeth tend to become brittle and are more apt to fracture. These teeth need to be protected by a good crown.

Bridges – When missing teeth are replaced with a bridge, the adjacent teeth require crowns in order to support the replacement teeth. The sooner you have a bridge made the less you’ll have to worry about your teeth drifting.

Fitting a crown requires at least two appointments. During your first visit, the tooth is prepared for the crown, an impression or mold is made of the tooth, and a temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth. At the subsequent visit, the temporary crown is removed and the final crown is fitted and adjusted and cemented into place.