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It's common to experience damage to a tooth or teeth over time, especially as we age. Dental crowns are personalised tooth caps that protect damaged or compromised teeth where fillings are not an option. They offer long-term protection with minimal upkeep and create fully functioning alternatives that look, act and feel like natural teeth.
Dental crowns have many uses and are therefore a popular treatment option that we provide. You may require a dental crown for one or more of the following reasons:
During your consultation, Dr Johan Borman will advise you on whether a dental crown is the best treatment option for your case.
Dental crowns can be made of many materials, including metal, porcelain and resin. However, we specialise in high-quality computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology that allows us to create ceramic crowns onsite for same-day treatment.
Ceramic crowns are the perfect choice for damaged front teeth as they can be matched precisely to your tooth shade and provide durability. In addition, the strength of porcelain crowns means they will function just as well as your natural teeth for an extended period.
Due to our advanced dental technology, you will only require one appointment to receive your dental crown, depending on the clinical scenario. Dr Borman will examine the tooth or teeth that require a crown and take X-rays and digital images of the area.
The next step is to prepare the tooth by removing any decay and filing it down. If a large portion of the tooth is missing, Dr Borman may apply a filling to restructure the tooth for the crown.
We will then take digital impressions of the tooth using an infrared camera connected to the CAD/CAM machine, which creates a 3D model. The model image is sent to the milling machine, which carves the crown from a ceramic block.
If a dental laboratory is used, especially when doing more than one crown and for complex aesthetic cases, an impression will be taken. The patient will then wear short-term temporary crowns while the final crowns are being made. The second appointment then entails the cementation of the final ceramic crowns.
Once complete, Dr Borman will check the placement and colour match of the crown before bonding it to your tooth. Then, after a final physical check and care advice, you will be all set to enjoy your new smile.
Dental crowns can last between 5 and 15 years with proper care and check-ups. Although there is no special treatment to care for your crowns, it's best to continue with good oral hygiene habits, a visit to the dental hygienist every 4 months and a yearly visit to Dr Borman to eliminate any possible problems that may occur.