WHAT IS A CROWN?
A crown is used to entirely cover or ‘cap’ a damaged tooth. It strengthens a damaged tooth and can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment.
Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold or metal alloys. These alloys are very strong and are recommended for some back teeth.
WHY DO I NEED A CROWN?
Dr. Lavery may recommend a crown to replace a large filling where there is little tooth structure remaining.
- protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- restore a fractured tooth
- attach a bridge
- cover a dental implant
- cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth
- cover a tooth that has been weakened by root canal therapy.
WHAT IS THE COST OF A CROWN?
Dr. Lavery will assess your tooth and advise of the type of crown required and the associated cost prior to treatment.
A crown (also known as a cap) is also made outside of the mouth.
It is like a hat that goes over the entire tooth, across the top, down the sides and binds it altogether, stopping future cracks and cusp breakages and providing very good retention.
They are very solid, look good, and are durable restoration. There are different types of crowns. Dr Lavery will discuss your needs in detail and choose the most appropriate material for your needs.
Normally Dr Lavery is able to ascertain what sort of material she is going to use and the style of cavity preparation before she starts.
However, it is very common these days to remove an old amalgam filling and find a substantial crack in the tooth underneath.
The dilemma then arises as to which option is best to proceed with. Dr Lavery can discuss your options in detail should this occur to you.
Regular check-ups can reduce the likelihood of unexpected, costly outcomes and it decay is present, smaller fillings can be completed at the time of your visit.