Crowns and bridges provide a highly effective method to return full functionality and a natural, healthy appearance to repair badly damaged or missing teeth. Through new technologies the crowns or bridges shape and colour can be matched perfectly to your existing teeth.
A crown is an individually tailored, thin cap which is crafted to fit over a damaged tooth, restoring its original strength and function.
At Woodward Dental we use a variety of techniques of making crowns. So that we can provide our patients with the optimal results, beautiful and long lasting, we select the technique best suited to the requirements of the situation, in consultation with you.
All Porcelain Crowns
- Look Great! All porcelain crowns match the colour and translucency of natural teeth so well that often they are impossible to tell from a natural tooth. No dark line at the gum margin that happens with the older style crowns
- Can be done on the same day- just one visit. At Woodward Dental we have specialised equipment to design and make crowns using CAD-CAM technology. We use the Cerec system- the leading cad-cam technology.
- Are translucent to X-rays. The teeth under the crown can be monitored over the years and potential problems identified early
- Are kind to teeth. Because they are bonded rather than cemented into position, many times less tooth needs to be removed in order to give a good result.
Porcelain Fused to Metal
- Good aesthetically.
- The metal core gives strength in high stress areas, while the porcelain layer gives a tooth like appearance
- For higher stress areas, that still have a need for a tooth-like appearance
Gold Crowns and Inlays
- Very strong, for the most demanding situations
- Are kind to teeth. Gold is strong in thin layers, not much tooth needs to removed- this is good where back teeth are very worn. Gold is a metal and has a softer impact on opposing teeth.
What is the procedure?
Porcelain fused to metal crowns and Gold crowns require a two stage process.
- At the first appointment the tooth is numbed and shaped. A detailed impression is taken of the tooth and sent to a ceramic and gold technician. A temporary cover is placed over the shaped tooth to keep it comfortable and keep you smiling. This appointment typically takes one hour.
- At the second appointment the temporary cover is removed and the crown fitted polished and secured, You should allow 30 minutes for this appointment.
All-Porcelain, Ceramic, or Cerec Crowns
- Either with one or two appointments. Two appointments are sometime preferred by our dentists in order to optimise the appearance of a crown with stains and glazes in a way that is not pressured by time. In which case a temporary crown will be placed.
- The tooth is numbed and shaped.
- Images of the tooth are captured on our 3D laser guided imaging camera
- The crown is designed by the dentist on our cad-cam software and shaped to blend and harmonise with your natural teeth
- A porcelain block is selected and milled on our MCXL Cerec milling machine.
- The milled crown is polished and checked. Additional stages may be required to customise the appearance of the tooth, and will need extra time to be processed in a ceramics furnace.
- The tooth and the crown are prepared for bonding and the crown is bonded into place.
- An hour should be allowed for tooth preparation, image capturing and design. A further 30-45minutes will be required for bonding and fine tuning the finished crown.
Book a consultation with our experienced dentists to find out if Dental Crowns are an option for you. Call 04 472 3120 today.