What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is best described (and sometimes known) as a ‘Cap’. These restorations are placed over an existing tooth that has deteriorated to the point where its appearance, strength or overall integrity has been compromised. Once cemented in place the Crown encases the entire visible portion of the tooth and restores the tooth in both an aesthetic and functional way.
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Why might I need a dental crown?
Well, crowns are a highly adaptable solution that has a range of uses in the dental surgery. You may have one or more teeth that have been weakened by decay or a large cavity that has rendered the tooth vulnerable. Perhaps it is necessary to cover and firm up a tooth where fillings have left little of the original intact. Crowns are also useful in restoring a tooth that has broken or worn down and can simply be used to cover a discoloured tooth in order to restore its cosmetic appearance. Finally, our specialist may recommend a crown as a means of securing a denture or a bridge in place.
As with all work undertaken by our specialists, a full and frank consultation will allow you to discuss every aspect of the procedure, before committing to work being carried out.
Our aesthetic specialists have an enormous amount of experience in this area of dentistry and they will be very happy to give you the benefit of it.
Will I experience any pain when having my tooth prepped for a dental crown?
As with all the work carried out in our surgery, a pain-free comfortable experience is a priority, matched only by the standard of the end-result.
What is involved in the Crown procedure?
We do require an initial consultation and a decision to proceed is followed up by preparing the tooth for crowning. This will involve painless adjustment of the tooth under local anaesthetic. This allows a dentist to produce a clean, tapered tooth that is free of decay and ready to provide an impression in dental putty that will then be used to fabricate a perfectly fitting crown.
If you require a ceramic crown then we will use CEREC technology to map your tooth structure, to produce models of your teeth and to fabricate crown within an hour.
In case you need a metal or ceramic based on a metal crown, we will send the impressions to the special laboratory. During the one to two weeks, it takes for the crown to be manufactured, you will be fitted with a temporary crown to allow normal functioning during the wait. Once ready, the permanent crown will be carefully fitted to ensure a comfortable fit that feels as good as it looks.
Is there an alternative to a dental crown?
If you prefer to have something other than a crown you could possibly have a large inlay/onlay placed, but there is a risk that it can actually fracture, which would result in another treatment.
For how long do crowns last?
With as much care as you would give your natural teeth (a matter that we are always happy to ‘nag’ you about!), we would expect a crown to last between ten and fifteen years and in some cases even longer.
What is a post?
When researching dental crowns you may come across the term ‘post’ and this is placed in a tooth treated with a root canal and acts as a ‘frame’ for the crown. The post can be crafted from plastic, metal or fibreglass and supports the crown. Only teeth that have lost a good deal of structure require a post.
Will the crown feel any different?
At first, you might notice it feels different but after a few days, it should become normal and less noticeable. If your bite doesn’t feel correct you might need an adjustment which we can help you with.
Does my dental crown require special care?
By taking proper care of your crown you can expect it to last a lot longer. While the crown won’t decay, decay can still form along the edge of the joining of the crown and your tooth. So it’s very important to continue with your normal oral hygiene routine and treat it like you would the rest of your teeth.