A great looking crown not only improves the appearance of your smile by covering a damaged or misshapen tooth, but it also strengthens and preserves weakened teeth. Dental crowns sit over the existing tooth to cover the whole of the outer surface and are cemented securely in place.
In what situations might a crown be used?
- If a tooth is heavily decayed and beyond repair, then a crown can preserve it and prevent the need for extraction
- A tooth that is cracked or misshapen can be hidden beneath a dental crown
- Tooth grinding and acid erosion can wear down the teeth so that sometimes the only option is to cover them with dental crowns
- Following root canal treatment a crown may be used to strengthen the tooth
- Crowns can also be used to rectify minor misalignments and improve a patient’s bite
Are there any downsides to having a dental crown fitted?
Dental crowns are extremely useful for strengthening teeth which have been weakened by large fillings, cracks, and other damage. However, they do involve grinding down the tooth to accommodate the crown so looking forward, that tooth is always going to need a crown. If a patient is purely seeking a cosmetic improvement to otherwise healthy strong teeth, then dental bonding or veneers may be a better option.
What are crowns made from?
Nowadays there’s a wide choice of dental materials although porcelain and ceramic look the most natural. Other options include zirconia, gold, and dentine bonded crowns. Your dentist will discuss your best options with you.
What does the procedure involve?
Once it’s been decided that a crown is the best form of treatment your tooth will be cleaned, any decay removed, and then shaped. Usually a local anaesthetic is administered so you don’t feel any discomfort. Once the tooth has been prepared, we’ll take an impression of it and fit you with a temporary crown. It generally takes a couple of weeks for your new crown to be fabricated.
On your second visit your temporary crown will be removed and the outer surface of your prepared tooth etched to help the dental cement bond. Your new crown is then placed on top of it and checked for fit, shape and colour. Once you’re happy with the appearance of your smile then the crown is cemented into position.
How long do crowns last?
A dental crown requires the same level of care and attention as your natural teeth; so if you maintain a good level of oral hygiene and attend regular dental check-ups then you could be looking at anywhere between 10-15 years, maybe longer.
If you’d like to know more about dental crowns and if they’re suitable for your dental situation, then please do get in touch with the friendly team at The Smile Centre.
Please note our General Dentistry services are only available in Manchester.