Dental Prosthetics

Q Which type of crown should I choose?

A This depends on the prosthetic diagnosis and on your wishes regarding the aesthetic appearance of your teeth. Nowadays, metal-ceramic crowns and non-metal ceramic crowns are more popular than faceted or gold crowns because of their relative aesthetic advantage. However, gold-plated crowns are known to be more durable than other types.

Q Is it better to choose a non-metal ceramic crown or a metal-ceramic crown?

A This is a difficult question to answer. Non-metal ceramic crowns were introduced into cosmetic dentistry due to their aesthetic superiority over the traditional metal-ceramic crown. Undoubtedly their use is justified in the front teeth (the most visible part of the mouth). Technological developments also allow the increased use of non-metal ceramic crowns in the side teeth (not visible when you smile). On the other hand, if a metal-ceramic crown has platinum and gold in its base, in terms of durability it is as tough, if not more so, as a non-metal ceramic crown. During your first prosthetic consultation we will provide you with full details of the advantages and disadvantages of each type of crown.

Q What is required to prepare my teeth for a crown fitting?

A The way we prepare your teeth for a crown fitting is directly linked with the quality and durability of the prosthetic work that you have chosen. There are three technically correct methods of filing teeth to prepare them for your crown fitting. In our practice we always use these precise methods to prepare the teeth, giving you the benefit of a durable and superior prosthetic product.

Q Will I be able to see the line between my crown and my gums?

A There are only a few situations in which a periodontist may indicate that it is necessary to have a visible border between the gums and crowns. In all other instances, there will be no visible border.

Q Should I have a crown or a veneer?

A A veneer is recommended when the work required is only cosmetic, because a veneer is a less invasive procedure for your tooth than fitting a crown. In all other situations, a crown is a more durable and aesthetically satisfactory solution.

Q Do I need crown or a bridge?

A This will depend on your individual situation. Where possible, it is always better to fit individual crowns than to fit a bridge.

Q Do my teeth require prior dental treatment before crown fitting?

A If you have periodontal problems, it will be necessary for you to see the periodontist. Should there be any existing nerve damage, root canal treatment will be required before we can begin prosthetic work.