What is a dental crown?
A crown, or ‘cap’ as it was formerly known is a protective cover that is used to protect a cracked, broken or badly stained tooth. The crown is matched to the size and colour of your natural teeth and fixed in placed by a very strong dental adhesive.
Crowns are used for a number of reasons including:
- A protective cover for damaged teeth
- To mask severe staining and discolouration
- As a permanent restoration where it is no longer possible to make repairs with standard tooth fillings
What are crowns made from?
Dental crowns are available in a number of different materials and at varying costs offering a range of affordable solutions accessible for most people. The position of the crown in the mouth also plays a part, for example, at the back of the mouth it may be more appropriate to use a stronger metal- based crown that is less visible and highly durable. At the front of the mouth where the crown is visible and needs to be more aesthetically pleasing, a porcelain of porcelain/ceramic crown would be more appropriate albeit at a slightly higher price. Our highly experienced dentists will be very pleased to advise exactly the right option for you.
How are crowns fitted?
Fitting a crown often requires two visits to the practice. On the first visit a mould will be taken which helps the dental laboratory to produce a prefect restoration. Your tooth will then be prepared; any debris and decay will be removed and then the tooth shaped in readiness to accept the crown on its return from the laboratory. We may also fit a temporary crown whilst the permanent version is away for manufacture (typically 2 weeks).
On your return visit, your new crown will be cemented into place, polished and checked to make sure that it is secure and matches the rest of your teeth.
Modern crowns look very natural and don’t exhibit any of the “gum black line” so obvious in older versions. Please contact our friendly team for more information and we’ll start the process to get you smiling confidently again!