Porcelain Crowns Melbourne
Re-Establish Beauty & Appearance
A crown (or cap) is a covering that fits over the tooth, restoring it to its original shape, size strength and function.
A crown is the gold standard for protecting and strengthening a tooth that cannot be restored with a filling or another type of dental treatment.
Dr Somana has a special interest using tooth coloured porcelain crowns that blend seamlessly with the natural tooth restoring both strength and aesthetics.
Part of his special interest involves minimal tooth preparation, which means he preserves the majority of your tooth. This is a highly meticulous and specialised skill set that ensures longevity and strength of both the crown and your tooth.
Types of Crowns
There are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular.
Porcelain Crowns Melbourne
This type of crown is ideal for front teeth or any teeth that are visible in the aesthetic zone. These crowns are tooth coloured and blend in with your natural teeth.
This type of crown has traditionally been thought to have the most aesthetic appeal, but not offer the strength of the others.
This is no longer the case.
Current advances in ceramic materials and bonding techniques have allowed for strengths and aesthetics that are comparable or greater than traditional porcelain materials.
Some if these materials include Zirconia crowns, Zirconia reinforced Lithium Silicate Crowns and Lithium Disilicate crowns. Dr Somana has a special interest in porcelain crowns and in fact 95% of all crowns he places are porcelain.
Porcelain Fused to Gold
This type of crown is a gold-based crown with a porcelain coating that has been layered to the outside giving it a more natural look. The gold base is hidden under the porcelain and is not visible. This type of crown is very strong and blends well with your teeth but can chip exposing the metal beneath.
This type of crown is often recommended for teeth in the back of your mouth, when bite forces are excessive or the extent of the decay or breakdown of your tooth is so severe that any other type of crown is not suitable. Gold crowns have similar wear characteristics of your natural teeth, that means they wear down over the years and may need to be replaced.
Gold crowns offer a lot of strength but are very visible when you smile or laugh.
Crowns are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced.
Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.
There are numerous reasons why crowns are the ideal choice of treatment, these include:
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
- Root filled teeth
What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. At the first appointment your tooth will be prepared to the exacting standards required for an accurate and well fitted crown.
The time and precision required at this appointment is critical to the outcome and long-term success of your crown.
Needless to say, this is all accomplished under a local anesthesia. The tooth will be assessed for internal cracks and all decay will also be removed.
Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
Several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. This may involve a physical mold or a digital 3D scan of your tooth.
A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by our dental laboratory.
At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned and your new crown will be meticulously bonded to your tooth. Your bite is double checked to ensure the crown accurately matches your bite and chewing movements.
You will then be given instructions how to look after your crown and ensure you get the greatest longevity. As with all your teeth, your new crown will be monitored regularly at your subsequent hygiene and examination appointments.
If you are seeking a cosmetic dentist who is an expert in tooth-coloured crowns, then look no further than Dr Somana and the team at Signature Dentistry. Call 9826 1338 today or fill out our online appointment form.
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