Dental Crowns & Bridges
A crown is a cap or covering for a tooth. It is used when your tooth is discoloured, cracked or broken, heavily filled, or if fillings have been lost. There are many different types of dental crowns available at ClinMedica. We will advise the best option depending on the location of the crown recommend a ceramic, resin or sometimes even gold crowns.
The dentists use their expertise and modern technology to match the new crown to the shape and color of your existing teeth.
ClinMedica offer Same Day Crowns using CAD/CAM technology to design, produce and insert ceramic restorations all in one single appointment. Find out which practices offer Same Day Crowns.
When would I need a crown?
Cover discolored or worn teeth:
If you feel that your teeth are becoming more transparent or darker in color, they may be wearing down. Your dentist will discuss the reasons behind this as they must be treated first. If the dentist recommends a crown restoration, then this crown will be made to match the natural shape and strength of your existing tooth in a ceramic material.
Replacement of a large filling:
If your teeth are heavily filled, they may be at risk of fractures or de-bonding of fillings. Frequent replacement of fillings can lead to loss of precious tooth structure. Repeated dental treatment on the same tooth may lead to deepening of the filling and subsequent nerve inflammation. To avoid these complications, your dentist may recommend that a crown is constructed before the filling becomes too large and remaining tooth structure is too short to support a crown.
To stop a tooth from further cracking or fracturing:
If your tooth is showing fine lines and cracks, or you occasionally feel sensitivity when biting into sticky or hard foods, your tooth may have a deep crack or may be at risk of complete fracture. This is common for heavily filled teeth, especially where an amalgam filling is in place. Your dentist may recommend a crown to restore the tooth and protect its cusps from splitting apart. The dentist may suggest replacing any amalgam with a ceramic restoration.
To anchor a bridge replacing a missing tooth:
If a tooth is missing or lost, your dentist will discuss the options for tooth replacement. This may involve the placement of an implant or tooth-supported bridge. If two or more teeth directly next to the lost or missing tooth are at risk of fracture or are discolored and need crowns, a bridge may be a good option to replace the missing tooth. When the bridge is produced, a porcelain tooth (pontic) is fused to the two or more crowns on either side. Once the crowns are fitted onto the adjoining teeth, the porcelain pontic appears to be emerging out of the gum. A bridge may be suitable for you if you are unable to have an implant due to issues with your overall health or dental health.
After root canal treatment:
Root canal filled teeth are prone to fractures, due to the nature of root canal treatment and hollowing out of the tooth in the process. Dentists highly recommend crowning most root canal filled teeth to protect them from fractures and further bacterial infections.