Crowns

Crowns are tooth-shaped caps which fit over the top of your teeth, to strengthen and protect them.

We make our crowns in-house, and can fit them on the same day.

Why are dental crowns used?

Teeth with large fillings (and/or root fillings) are weak and can break when you bite. They can have hidden cracks which make them tender to bite on or sensitive to hot or cold. Heaving clenching or grinding can also weaken teeth even if there are no fillings present. A dental crown will protect a tooth that has been heavily filled or is under pressure from clenching or grinding. Crowns can also be used cosmetically to improve the appearance of your teeth. Your Hamilton dentist can tell you which of your teeth would best be protected by crowns before other dental problems develop.

What are dental crowns made of?

Usually porcelain because the colour can be matched to your existing teeth. The porcelain ‘tooth’ may have a gold or other metal core for strength. If a natural appearance is not essential (for example, at the back of your mouth), a gold or other metal crown may be used.

How are dental crowns fitted?

Hamilton Dental reduces the size of the existing filling and tooth to make room for the new crown, removing any cracks or decay to ensure the tooth's integrity. We can then scan the prepared tooth directly and create the crown or bridge on the same day using our CEREC technology. If a case is very technical we may take a mould to send to a dental technician to give our dentist more time to create your casework. Your Hamilton dentist will fit a temporary crown to cover your tooth until the permanent crown or bridgework is ready. Once the permanent crown is ready, we check the fit and appearance before cementing it in place.