We firmly believe that a healthy, confident smile can make all the difference in your life. That’s why we’re proud to offer a full range of dental services – including dental crowns.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown, also known as a cap, is a type of dental restoration that completely covers or “caps” a damaged, decayed, or weak tooth. It is designed to restore the tooth’s shape, size, strength, and functionality, while also improving its appearance.
Dental crowns are usually made of porcelain, composite (resin) zirconia and are custom-made to fit over the prepared tooth. Before placing the crown, the dentist will remove any decay or damage from the tooth and shape it to accommodate the crown. They will then take a digital impression of the prepared tooth, which will be used to create the crown in a dental laboratory.
Once the crown is ready, the dentist will place it over the prepared tooth and bond it in place with a special dental adhesive. The crown will be adjusted and polished to ensure that it fits comfortably and looks natural.
Dental crowns can be used for a variety of purposes, including:
- To restore a decayed or damaged tooth that is too weak for a filling
- To protect a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy
- To cover a tooth with a large filling or significant wear and tear
- To improve the appearance of a misshapen or discoloured tooth
- To support a dental bridge or to cover a dental implant
Overall, dental crowns are a durable and long-lasting solution for many dental problems, and can help to restore both the function and appearance of damaged or weakened teeth
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WHAT IS THE PROCESS
The process typically requires two visits to the dentist.
The dentist will prepare the damaged tooth by removing any decay or damage and reshaping the tooth to make room for the crown. Next, an impression of the tooth will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory where the crown will be made. In the meantime, a temporary crown may be placed to protect the prepared tooth.
During the second visit, the permanent crown will be tried on for fit, colour and bite. The dentist will make any necessary adjustments before bonding the crown to the prepared tooth with dental cement. The crown will be checked for proper fit and bite, and the dentist will make any final adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit.
It is important to properly care for a dental crown to ensure its longevity. Good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing, should be maintained to prevent decay and gum disease around the crown. In addition, it is important to avoid biting on hard objects, such as ice or hard candy, which can damage the crown.
Single-visit Crowns and Veneers Dentistry:
Are you short on time? We use Cad-Cam (Computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing) to produce high quality crowns, implant crowns, veneers, inlays and onlays in a single visit. We primarily use Dentsply Sirona ‘s Primescan and Primemill for this process, which is also known as CEREC. Design and manufacturing takes place while you wait. This lengthens the single appointment but eliminates the need for a second appointment. High performing individuals who consider time as a high priority when choosing treatment, as well as patients who require treatment while on holiday would consider this the ideal option.
A fascinating part of digital dentistry that we utilise is 3D printing. Appliances such as nightguards, dentures , implant guides, models, temporary restorations and even permanent restorations are printed with remarkable accuracy.
Enamel Clinic is committed to providing you with the highest-quality dental care. Our state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with the latest technology and equipment, and our experienced dental team is dedicated to making your visit as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
Book an appointment on our new booking service with one of our oral health professionals and specialists in different fields of dentistry.
If you require urgent assistance or have a dental emergency, kindly email [email protected] or contact our WhatsApp line 060 941 0291