Dental Crowns




A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” made most frequently from Ceramic or Porcelain (and occasionally precious metals) which fits over your remaining tooth structure. We believe in preserving as much natural tooth structure as possible so, often we will recommend a Ceramic or Porcelain restoration over a more traditional crown.  Crowns are passion of Dr Dave Richards.




This is the material used to replace or rebuild tooth structure. The benefits of using this material over other materials or conventional composite resin (white filling) material for dental crowns is:

Strength – Our teeth are the gateway to our body and therefore the top priority is function. Ceramic and Porcelain materials are much harder wearing than composite resin materials and remain the closest comparison to a natural tooth strength.

Natural appearance – As well as being the closest strength to a natural tooth structure for dental crowns, the appearance of Ceramic or Porcelain restorations are the closest match to natural tooth enamel.  We also have the ability to reflect the natural patterns, shades and markings in your teeth, with porcelain paints.

Preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible – As these bonded restorations are not dependent on retention to hold in place we are able to remove less natural tooth structure when preparing your tooth for a Ceramic or Porcelain Restoration.  This more modern approach is less offensive to the nerves in your tooth, meaning you are far less likely to experience issues.

Less time in the dental chair – As Ceramic and Porcelain materials are harder wearing and last longer (Sometimes these restorations will last 3 or 4 times as long as other filling materials for dental crowns) you will not require replacement of these restorations as often or ever in comparison to other filling materials provided, if you maintain good oral hygiene habits and routine visits to your dentist or hygienist.

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Here at Natural Smile Eastmed Dental in St Heliers Auckland we provide same day restorations.  Find out how here.