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Definition: Crown

Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain Crowns

A crown, also called a cap, is a hollow, artificial tooth used to cover a damaged or decayed tooth. When a tooth is compromised by decay or damage, your dentist may suggest a crown.

Is It for me?

Teeth that are damaged or have decay are often repaired with a crown, inlay or onlay.

Often crowns are used on teeth that are broken or have large or older fillings or cracks that put them at risk of breaking or you've had a root canal. Crowns can also be used to cover and correct the appearance of discoloured or misshapen teeth.

Crowns can restore any front or back teeth and a variety of materials can be used to make them. You and you dentist will determine the best type suited to your specific situation.

A crown will restore and reinforce the tooth, protecting it from further damage. A tooth that has been repaired with a crown appears and functions very much like a natural tooth. It simulates a real tooth and looks the same as the rest of your natural teeth. They provide the durability and strength that is required for regular function and look terrific.

The Process

  1. In one visit, a dentist will scan a precise, digital image of your tooth using iTero imaging technology.
  2. A temporary crown will then be put onto your tooth.
  3. The digital image from the scan is instantly sent electronically to a lab where your new crown is made.
  4. On a second visit, the dentist will place the crown on your tooth and ensure it fits well. Then the crown will be bonded in place.

Digital impressions eliminate messy putty!

iTero is a high-tech, digital scanner that uses digital laser and optical imaging to scan an image of the shape and surface of your teeth and gums. The image uses 100,000 points of laser light and has a highly accurate focus of images of more than 300 focal depths of a tooth, ensuring that images taken are extremely precise. This definitely helps those patients with gag reflex, and it means you don't have to get mould impressions done by having a mouth full of messy putty.

iTero technology is hugely advantageous, as images are instant and immediately sent to labs. This means reduced discomfort for patients, less time in the dental chair and less time waiting for your teeth to be fixed and beautiful. See video.

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