A crown may be necessary for a number of reasons such as advanced tooth decay, an existing large filling that has deteriorated or a tooth that requires extra support after a root canal.
At Shackleton Clinic we predominantly use porcelain based crowns which match the colour and shade of the teeth and give the tooth additional strength. Occasional we use gold crowns as they are very strong and require less tooth removal than porcelain.
Dental crowns are much more invasive than veneers and require much more tooth adjustment, however tend to be longer lasting and more durable.
The procedure takes place under local anesthetic.
Quite often a matrix is taken at the chair-side to create a scaffold to make a temporary crown.
The tooth in question is prepared.
A putty mould is taken of the prepared tooth and sent to the lab to make.
The lab based crown is then fitted at a later visit.