Repairing teeth with crowns

Crowns are used to restore and strengthen extensively damaged teeth. We only use full ceramic crowns, enabling us to copy your natural tooth's best features. All our crowns are made by master dental technicians, with the result that your restored tooth will be indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

 

Our crowns are designed to accurately reproduce the natural tooth colour, texture and shape. We pay close attention to the bite contour and chewing function too. Modern high performance ceramics guarantee a long service life, and our master dental laboratory in Germany guarantees the highest quality in crown function and aesthetics.


Why are crowns used?

Teeth that are already severely damaged or heavily filled sometimes have to be covered by crowns to keep them stable and prevent cracking. A crown should fit perfectly and blend in aesthetically to the rest of your teeth. This will be discussed at length — we will never place a crown you are not happy with.

A crown completely covers the visible part of the tooth and reinforces the remaining healthy hard tooth substance. Crowns can also be used to improve the appearance of a tooth, or to give it a specific shape or form. They can be placed on implants to replace a missing tooth, closing the gap perfectly. Ceramic crowns are best for a natural look and offer excellent aesthetic results.

Advantages of a full ceramic crown:

  • Excellent aesthetics
  • High durability and stability
  • High accuracy
  • Very good biocompatibility
  • X-ray penetrable

Different types of crowns

Dental crowns differ according to the material used, the preparation, the size and how they are cemented in place. The individual restorations vary in the time it takes to produce them, which also affects the cost. All our crowns are produced in a dental laboratory.

Here are some examples:

  • metal-ceramic crown (core of metal, which is veneered with ceramic)
  • solid crown (made entirely of metal)
  • post crown (anchored with a pin in the tooth)
  • partial crown (covering only part of the tooth)
  • telescopic crown (a connecting element between a tooth and a removable denture)
  • all-ceramic crown (completely made of ceramic, giving excellent aesthetic results)

How are crowns produced?

Before a crown is made we first have to prepare the affected tooth to ensure the final and accurate fit of the crown and establish a stable base. An impression of the tooth is taken to allow the dental technician to manufacture the crown in the dental laboratory. The impression is mostly taken digitally using an intraoral scanner — only in rare cases do we have to resort to more time consuming conventional impression materials.

Accurately gauging the color of the existing teeth is the prerequisite for a perfect aesthetic result. On the basis of the scan or the impression, our master dental laboratory produces the crown in the desired material.

In the meantime we protect the prepared tooth with a temporary plastic crown. When the definitive crown is finished we remove the temporary restoration, clean the tooth and connect the crown with the tooth through a solid layer of adhesive cement.

 


How long do crowns last?

Just like your own teeth, crowns need to be well taken care of. Good oral hygiene is extremely important because restorations are cemented to natural teeth. A crown can become unstable due to decay at the edge of the restoration. To prevent this brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, floss at least once a day and visit the dentist regularly for professional cleaning and check-ups.


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