It’s every girls childhood fantasy. We all wanted to be a princess and wear a crown. We would wear a beautiful golden crown with diamonds and gems jammed all over it, right? Except that I’m not talking about beautiful gems and Cullinan diamonds, I’m talking about the porcelain type that fits onto your teeth.
A crown is a crown is a crown isn’t it?
Not anymore, no. A crown is an individually made medical device (for want of a better term) that is fitted over your tooth for a number of reasons. The main reason is to protect what is left of your natural tooth structure and to replace what has been lost. It maintains your normal oral function and allows you to chew and clean better. And, yes of course, it can look quite nice too.
Why are crowns different these days?
The materials that your tooth crown is made up of differs dramatically to what it used to be made of even a decade ago. Materials technology is getting better. These materials are stronger and they look so much more natural than ever before. With these advances in ceramic and zirconia materials combined with the new-age digital workflows in dentistry, you can rest assured that your crown is the best it can possibly be in terms of strength as well as aesthetics.
So why would I want a crown now?
Because of these advances mentioned above, your tooth does not have to be cut away nearly as much as before! This means that the inherent strength of your tooth is maintained and your crown can be as thin as 0,3mm! Yes, that’s correct. Ultra-thin, ultra-durable and ultra-natural looking, you won’t be able to tell that it isn’t your own tooth.
Call Enamel now if you feel you need a new crown that is done with minimally invasive techniques and has maximal results.
By Dr Sheryl Smithies
Associate Dentist at Enamel Dentistry