Many of our patients choose to have one or more crowns as this popular dental treatment can help restore broken down teeth. Our porcelain crowns look incredibly natural and will feel exactly like your own teeth. The skill of our Cosmetic Dentists means no one need know you have them.
Why Might You Need a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are sometimes called caps and are designed to completely cover up a tooth that has lost a significant part of its structure due to decay or trauma. The crown extends right down to the junction where the tooth meets the gum, sealing out bacteria in the mouth and protecting the tooth against further damage. Dental crowns are very safe and effective and may also be used to help build up teeth that do not bite together correctly, and to restore teeth after root canal treatment.
Crowns can still be made entirely from a metal alloy or gold that is highly polished, or they can have a metal substructure that is covered up with porcelain. Porcelain crowns with a metal substructure are carefully crafted to look very natural and can blend in well with the surrounding teeth. Our Dentists will take time to advise you of the different materials and help you make a decision.
All Ceramic Crowns Create Beautiful Smiles
The most common form of crowns we provide are entirely metal free, and are ideal for anyone looking for the very best cosmetic results. This is because these crowns have a similar translucency to natural teeth; metal blocks light so more of it can pass through a metal-free crown. All-ceramic crowns can be made entirely from porcelain, or they may have a substructure that's made from a material called zirconia. This is a special type of porcelain that is incredibly strong.
The Procedure for a Dental Crown
A dental crown normally requires at least two visits to one of our dentists. The first visit will be to prepare your tooth, where our dentist will reduce the tooth to create sufficient room for the new crown. A local anaesthetic ensures you are kept comfortable. Next, an impression is taken of your tooth to send to our partner dental laboratory so a master dental technician can fabricate your new crown. This can take up to a couple of weeks, and in the meantime your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth. The second visit will be to fit your crown and permanently cement it in position.
Once the tooth is crowned it can be treated exactly like a natural tooth so all you need to do is brush as normal and, of course, don’t forget to floss. Regular check-ups and visits to our hygienist will help prolong the life of your crown, keeping your smile looking good for longer.