Dental Crowns (sometimes referred to as Dental Caps) are single unit covers that are placed over heavily broken down, filled or root treated teeth. Crowns are used to improve the strength and appearance of a tooth’s health or structure.
A crown literally wraps around the tooth just like a hat wraps around the head, thus strengthening the underlying tooth structure by holding it all together.
Dental Crowns can be made from a variety of different materials, depending on the tooth involved, its position in the mouth, and sometimes on the preferences of the patient. They look and feel just like real teeth.
These materials include dental cement, zirconia and porcelain, porcelain bonded to metal, which combines the strength of metal with the natural appearance of tooth coloured porcelain, or even gold alloy.
The difference between crowns and veneers is that veneers only cover one surface of the tooth, while crowns wrap all the way around. In certain situations, it is more preferable to crown front teeth rather than place porcelain veneers to achieve a desired cosmetic result. For example, dental crowns can be used to cosmetically enhance the appearance of a tooth, as they are able to cover colour irregularities.
Complex crowns are sent to a dental laboratory and are made by a technician who uses moulds of the patient’s teeth, taken by their dentist.
At Cairns Precision Dental Group, we are proud to say that our own specialist staff mill your crowns in-house. The fact that your moulds don’t have to be sent off to another facility means that we can provide same day crowns!
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