A crown is a restoration that covers, or “caps”, a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size, strengthening and improving the appearance of a tooth. Crowns are necessary when a tooth is generally broken down and fillings won’t solve the problem. If a tooth is cracked a crown holds the tooth together to seal the cracks so the damage doesn’t get worse.

Crowns are also used to support a large filling when there isn’t enough of the tooth remaining, attach a bridge, protect weak teeth from fracturing, restore fractured teeth, or cover badly shaped or discoloured teeth

How long does it take?
Crowns can take as little as 60 minutes from start to finish. There is usually a one to two week interval between your initial visit and your final outcome where a temporary crown is left on your tooth. During the interval, a customised crown is made by a specialised technician using the measurements from your initial visit.

How long does it last?
Barry and John have had crowns and bridges in patients for 38 years that are still functioning. Of course regular maintenance is important as our bite can change , also teeth can decay where margin of crown meets our natural tooth and crowned teeth are subject to gum and bone loss just as natural teeth are if neglected.

Brushing twice a day, cleaning between your teeth is vital with crowns. Floss and inter-dental cleaners (specially shaped brushes) are important tools to remove plaque from the crown area where the gum meets the tooth. Plaque in that area can cause dental decay and gum disease.

Of course, regularly visiting us here at Murray Turner Dental Surgeons to maintain your mouth will significantly reduce this possibility.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are thin sculpted formed porcelain facings that are bonded to create a new front surface to a tooth. If you have teeth that are stained, crooked or malformed for any reason (cracks, chips, fractures, spaces, smoking or tetracycline stains, etc) then you may be a great candidate for porcelain veneers.

Many people want straighter teeth without the hassle and time orthodontic braces require. Now teeth can be straightened with porcelain veneers and crowns.

How long does it take?
Veneers can generally be completed in a couple of visits. At the first veneer appointment, your teeth are prepared, moulds are taken, and you will walk out of the office with custom prototype veneers. In the second appointment, the veneers are permanently set in place.

How long does it last?
There are no hard and fast rules about how long porcelain veneers will last. While you can certainly expect your veneers to last many years, it is unrealistic to expect them to last forever. With good home care and by exercising good judgement, it seems likely that a porcelain veneer could last in excess of 10 to 15 years.