A crown is a manufactured cap or jacket that is placed over a natural tooth which may be cracked, have an old or very large filling, or is severely decayed or damaged. The aim is to create a more aesthetically pleasing result whilst also enhancing strength and durability. A crown is recommended when the strength in your existing tooth has gone and it is no longer able to support a standard filling.
What will it look like?
Your crown can be made to exactly match your existing teeth. Size, shape and colour will all be taken into account so that it blends in perfectly as if it has always been there. Once you are used to your crown it should feel comfortable, secure and just as strong as your other teeth.
We offer several types of crowns including All Ceramic Crowns , Metal Alloys and Gold. Your dentist will advise which type is most suitable for you.
How is a crown fitted?
Before placing a crown your original tooth will need to be filed down to make room and to ensure that it sits level with your other teeth. This will take place under a local anaesthetic. Once the original tooth is suitably prepared an impression of it will be taken and this will be used to manufacture your crown.
During the manufacturing process (which should take around 2 weeks), a temporary acrylic crown will be placed on the tooth.
At your next appointment the crown will be checked for fit and size to ensure optimum comfort. Once your and your Dentist are happy, it will be securely fixed to your old tooth with a dental adhesive.
You will need to be careful with your crown in the first few hours and days after fitting- avoid biting on any hard foods so that you don’t cause any damage.
What is the alternative to a crown?
If your Dentist feels that a crown is necessary it is likely that there aren’t many other alternatives available- other than full removal of the tooth. A filling may be possible but this is likely to only delay the need for a crown until a later date.
A crown is a highly effective way of restoring functionality and look to a tooth which would otherwise have to be extracted. This benefits the patient in a number of ways as when a tooth is extracted it can cause a number of problems- both personally and health wise.
As well as affecting your general self-confidence, a missing tooth can cause problems with eating and speech. A gap will allow your other teeth to slowly move and become crooked. Likewise, it is easier for food and bacteria to get trapped- eventually causing gum disease and tooth decay.
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