If any of your teeth suffers from cracks, leaking old massive filling, breakage, or malformations, at Top Class Dental we can strengthen and beautify them with Zirconia or Porcelain Crowns or Veneers.
After your dentist recommends a crown as treatment for your tooth/teeth, and once you’ve made the decision to proceed, you will be booked for two appointments: The first one for tooth preparation, and the second one for crown try-in and subsequent cementation.
During the first appointment (tooth preparation stage), your dentist will numb you and remove all existing caries (decay), chips, fractures, and defective old fillings from your tooth. Your tooth will then be shaped optimally to successfully retain a crown. An impression (mould) will be taken to register your new tooth shape which will be then sent to the dental laboratory where your crown will be fabricated. We’ll place a temporary crown on your prepared tooth so you’ll still be able to look and function well while waiting for your crowns to arrive back from the lab!
On your next appointment (approximately 1-2.5 weeks from the first appointment), we’ll remove your temporary crown so we can fit the new crown in. If the fit and aesthetics are great, we’ll then proceed to permanently cement the crown onto your tooth. While minor adjustments are normally done chairside, any major adjustments or remakes have to be done in the lab, in which case we have to book you on another day for crown cementation. Whatever the case is, we want to make sure that we only cement the crown permanently if we are 100% certain that the crown fits and looks perfectly.
Crowns can be made from stainless steel, pure metal (such as gold or another alloy), porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), pure ceramic/porcelain, pure resin, pure zirconia, or porcelain-fused-to-zirconia (PFZ).
At Top Class Dental, we prefer using pure zirconia to make crowns for Posterior Teeth (molars and premolars), while pure porcelain and porcelain-fused-to-zirconia crowns are great options for crowning the Anterior Teeth (front teeth). For cosmetic veneers, we most commonly use pure porcelain for superior aesthetics.
We will recommend the best crown material to use for you, after thorough assessment of your case.
A crown is a type of dental prosthetic that is fitted over an existing tooth. Its main purpose is usually to reinforce or protect a tooth that is weakened by dental caries, fracture, or a massive dental filling.
A bridge is one way to replace a missing tooth/teeth. The teeth (called Abutments) adjacent to the space created by the missing tooth/teeth are crowned, to which a floating tooth/teeth (Pontic) is attached.
Porcelain Veneers (“Veneers”)
Porcelain Veneers are usually used to improve the aesthetics of the front teeth. Indications for veneers include gaps in between teeth, discoloured teeth, shortened front teeth edges, or teeth stained by old fillings. This is the most conservative type of dental prosthetics since it only requires around 0.5mm of tooth reduction on the facial (front) surface of the tooth, and therefore the preparation stays mostly within the enamel layer of the tooth. More details about cosmetic dentistry can be found here.