Family Dental Practice


Full Porcelain Crowns

The Family Dental Practice specialises in highly aesthetic porcelain crowns that can appear almost identical to natural teeth.

Dental crowns are durable caps that cover teeth which have been weakened or broken down, and can be used cosmetically to change the appearance, colour and shape of your smile. A dental crown is carefully crafted to fit over the tooth like a cap or a helmet, forming the tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns are more durable and long-lasting that fillings, and porcelain crowns can often give a more nuanced, natural look rather than using a composite resin material.

A crown may be recommended to you:
• To restore a tooth that is worn down or broken
• To safeguard a weak tooth from breaking
• To hold together a cracked tooth
• To strengthen a tooth that has had large fillings or root canal treatment
• To help place a dental bridge
• To cover and support a dental implant
• To improve the appearance of your smile

We work with highly skilled technicians and take comprehensive shade guides that account for the natural gradient of shading that appears in your existing teeth. The translucency of porcelain helps us achieve the appearance of natural teeth. Porcelain has the ability to be formed into a natural tooth shape, which we will match to the anatomical appearance of your existing teeth. This means your porcelain crown will seamlessly blend with your smile and be virtually undetectable.

Porcelain crowns are made of a bio-compatible material, which means the material cannot cause an allergic reaction. For people who are sensitive to allergens, porcelain crowns are an excellent choice.

Crowns require two appointments. At the first appointment, we take photographs and work with shade guides to ensure we match the colour and gradient of your natural teeth, and take an impression of your natural teeth and a bite registration to see how your teeth meet together. Dr Gallagher will then carefully shape the tooth, removing a small amount on the top and sides of the tooth to allow the cap to fit over the tooth. More impressions are taken, then a temporary tooth-coloured crown is fitted. The crown prep appointment takes around an hour – if you have trouble sitting in the chair for long periods of time we can use happy gas (please link page) to make your visit more comfortable. The impressions are then sent to the laboratory where they craft a highly realistic porcelain crown.

At the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed and your porcelain crown is cemented. Your bite is carefully checked and adjusted if needed. You can see some of the Family Dental Practice’s porcelain crown aesthetic work on our Crowns, Bridges and Implants page (please link).