What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are restorations which cover a prepared tooth, much like a cap, and are used to protect weak or vulnerable teeth, restore health, function and depending on the material, aesthetics.
When Should I Have a Crown?
If teeth are badly broken down either due to injury or decay, a crown may be a more viable long term treatment as opposed to a filling as they offer more protection, are stronger and cover a larger area.
What is a Crown Made From?
Dental crowns are available in many different materials, each one has its own merits:
- All Ceramic, strong tooth coloured metal free and can be used in all areas of the mouth
- Emax, highly aesthetic and very strong metal free crown. Suitable for restorations on both front and back teeth
- Porcelain bonded, strong metal crowns with porcelain bonded to the outside surface to provide an aesthetic value
- Metal, extremely robust, durable and long lasting, suitable for back restorations only due to its low aesthetic values
What is Involved?
Preparing the tooth for a crown usually involves two appointments. During the first appointment, all decay will be removed from the tooth if present and the outer structure will be removed and made stable in preparation for the crown to fit tightly but comfortably over the top. An impression is taken and sent to our dental laboratory. A temporary crown will be fitted in place to protect the prepared tooth until your next appointment for the fit.
The crown takes around 8 working days to construct and the technicians will follow your practitioner’s prescription precisely with regards to size, shape, material and shade. At your follow up appointment, your dentist will try the crown in, check the fit, bite and appearance. Provided all is correct, the crown will be cemented in place.
How long do crowns last?
Good quality dental crowns can be expected to last for many years if looked after correctly. However, it is important to note that, whilst the crown itself is very resistant to degradation, the adjacent gum is equally as prone to gum disease as in other parts of the mouth. Hence it is very important to maintain a good dental health regimen after your new crown is fitted.
Our dental practitioners can offer advise on crown treatment during your dental examination. Please call our reception team to arrange your check-up.