Do you have a broken or fractured tooth, root canal treated tooth, or a tooth with a large filling? This tooth may require a crown. Crowns are used for teeth with compromised tooth structure and can also be used for cosmetic reasons to enhance your smile.
A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant.
Crowns may be required because of broken down old fillings, fractured, chipped or sensitive teeth. Crowns are also used to improve the appearance of natural teeth.
Crowns are made of natural looking porcelain and are made to improve your overall smile and to blend in with your own teeth.
What to expect during the treatment
Dental crowns are done under local anaesthetic by our dentist in Umhlanga, therefore no pain or sensitivity will be experienced during the appointment. The tooth is prepared by removing enamel and some dentine. A scan of the tooth is then done and the crown is manufactured using CAD/CAM technology (Computer-Aided Design/Manufacturing technology).
The crown is made from a block of ceramic and fitted shortly after the teeth are re-shaped down. Therefore the treatment is carried out in one visit only. This eliminates the need for a second appointment as well as impressions and a temporary crown.
What to expect after the tooth crown treatment
The local anaesthetic will take a few hours to wear off. There won’t be any pain after the procedure as only the enamel and some dentine of the teeth are removed. Occasionally sensitivity can be experienced. Further adjustments can be done to the crown or opposing teeth if the bite feels uncomfortable after the anaesthetic wears off.